Death, Taxes and Ichiro

For the 10th straight year, Ichiro has reached 200 hits, a standard of excellence that can be written down in ink each February. Heck, you can etch it on a plaque and send it to Cooperstown.

His metronome-steady output has reached the iconic status of a Seattle archetype - the rain, the coffee, the flying fish at the Pike Place Market, and Ichiro's 200 hits.

It's too bad we don't see and hear more of Ichiro but with his team, the Mariners, being uncompetitive and being two time zones behind us, we miss out on what he's doing. Read the whole article to appreciate what he's accomplished in just 10 years here and wonder at what his career totals would have been had he begun here instead of Japan.

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