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Ichiro: 'I wonder why we still lose this many'

Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:05 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 6:07 pm
Ichiro Suzuki
It's like clockwork. During the regular season, Ichiro usually gives pretty flavorless interviews. Then over the winter, these tremedous, frank, thoughtful quotes show up in the Japanese newspapers. Whether something is lost in translation with the U.S. press or he's just more comfortable speaking when he's not in his intense game-day focus mode, it's always interesting to read after the fact what he was thinking.

Today a Q&A was published in English-language Japanese online outlet Japan Today. The answers given by the Mariners' 10-time All-Star outfielder don't paint a picture of a guy who's happy with the way things are going in Seattle.

Ichiro said he was struck by a core of Mariners from their first few playoff appearances (Randy Johnson, Edgar Martines, Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr.) appearing together when Johnson threw out the first pitch of the season.

"It was good to see them all together but at the same time made me wonder if there is a real teammate for me. I hoped that Felix [Hernandez] or [Chone] Figgins would become one and that 2010 would be the start of a new Mariners era. But we stumbled from the outset."

Ichiro has been to the playoffs just once in 10 seasons, in his rookie campaign in 2001, and has endured two 100-loss seasons in the past three years.

"After all this time I wonder why we still lose this many games. ... The whole team had high hopes for the 2010 season because we thought we made good additions to the roster (such as Cliff Lee and Figgins). And we ended up like this. From now on, maybe we shouldn’t even voice our goals."

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2013 11:17 pm

Ichiro: 'I wonder why we still lose this many'

I was wrong on this one... In 2011 he hit .226.  I might have understated how bad he could be.

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 12:46 am

Ichiro: 'I wonder why we still lose this many'

Nishioka ?? Don't even mention him in the same sentence with Ichiro..... This was a typical twins move.....get a overrated player and pitch him to the fans that this will be the guy that gets them past mediocrity.....just like carlos gomez, eddie guardado, delmon young,  Sidney Ponson and Matt Capps.  
If this guy batted .260 in Japan......What do you think he will bat here?????

And before you go.....Delmon yong is awesome.....lets try to keep in mind that this is a guy that was hyped a middle of the order power hitter.....and has hit 43 home runs in 3 years......not to mention that in the last 2 months when the twins needed him to come alive....he hit .218 and .261

Nishioka will hit .240 ......mark my words

Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:41 pm

"Ichiro Traded to the Twins!!"

Imagine Ichiro and Nishioka together on the Twins.  Ichiro wants to win.  Twins win.  It would be good for Nishi because of the adjusting to the cultures thing.  Ichiro would be able to help with that. The twins would have that speedy lineup that Gardy wants, They have very similar swings. :) Just a pipe dream i know but Imgaine!!!

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