MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki crossed the plate at a home-run trot Saturday to break a Japanese record for runs set by Sadaharu Oh.
Suzuki didn’t hit the homer, however. And because he’s not a slugger, he’s disinclined to rank himself ahead of Oh.
“I don’t think it’s fair to compare,” Suzuki said through a translator. “Mr. Oh had 868 runs by himself with homers, so his record is much greater than mine.”
In addition, Suzuki said, Oh played entirely in Japan, where his seasons were shorter than in the majors.
Suzuki scored on Adeiny Hechavarria’s home run to help the Miami Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 8-0. The run gave Suzuki 1,968 in the major leagues (1,310) and Japan (658), surpassing Oh’s record for a Japanese player.
“When it’s Mr. Oh’s record, it’s very special,” Suzuki said.
Suzuki received a big ovation from…
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