Ichiro wants to pitch in a game
Ichiro Suzuki has pitched before in a Japanese All-Star Game, and now he'd like to take the mound for the Yankees.
So Ichiro Suzuki, back in 1996 as a member of Japan's Orix Blue Wave, did this ...
He's got a slider! That's certainly nifty, so far as the not entirely graceful history of position players pitching goes.
Leap forward some 18 years, and Ichiro, now a part-time and thus far in 2014 highly productive outfielder with the Yankees, is nearing the end of what's likely a Hall of Fame career in MLB. Before he's done, though, he would like to stand astride the bump once again. Here's this from David Waldstein of the New York Times:
[Yankees manager Joe] Girardi, who has seen video of Suzuki’s appearance, said he would consider using him in an emergency.
"I'll definitely ask him if he can do it," Girardi said. "It looks like he has pretty good stuff."
Suzuki does shoulder exercises and plays long toss to keep his arm strong all year long, he said, and could probably throw 40 to 50 pitches with no problem.
"If they need 100 pitches, I would have to get stretched out," he said through his interpreter, Alan Turner.
Of course, such an appearance would almost certainly come only in a blowout loss. Whatever the circumstances, let events conspire to make this happen, please.