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Ichiro's Run Of 200-Hit Seasons Isn't The Only Streak He's Got Going

Early Thursday afternoon, in a game against Toronto that few people were watching, Ichiro ripped a third-inning double and a fifth-inning single. This wouldn't ordinarily be of much significance, except that the single pushed Ichiro's hit total on the season up to 200 - the tenth time he's reached that mark in ten years. Not only did Ichiro extend his record streak of consecutive 200-hit seasons; he also equaled the all-time mark for 200-hit seasons in career, set by Pete Rose in 1979.

It's a testament to Ichiro's excellence and durability, and following his achievement, he received a standing ovation from those in attendance.



Lost in the celebration of Ichiro's record-setting run, however, is the fact that he isn't only riding a streak of 200-hit seasons. The following streaks are also alive and well:

  • Ten consecutive seasons with a .300+ batting average
  • Ten consecutive seasons with an OPS+ over 100
  • Ten consecutive seasons with 625+ at bats
  • Seven consecutive seasons with at least 12 intentional walks
  • Nine consecutive seasons of missing the playoffs
  • Five consecutive seasons of being the only exciting hitter on the team
  • 37 consecutive years of being Japanese

I don't believe in magic. I do believe that Ichiro may one day change my mind.