In today’s game in Toronto at the Rogers’ Centre two players on opposing teams had history making at bats.
Jose Bautista, who plays right field and third base for the Toronto Blue Jays, hit his 50th home run. In the same game, the Seattle Mariners’ right fielder, Ichiro Suzuki, recorded his 200th hit for the season.
For Bautista, no other player in the Majors is even close to hitting 50 home runs this season. And he is one of only seven active players to record 50 home runs in a season. He’s now in some pretty elite company, sharing his accomplishment with baseball greats, Alex Rodriguez, Prince Fielder, David Ortiz, Ryan Howard, Andruw Jones and Jim Thome.
For Ichiro, it was his 10th consecutive season with 200 hits. He broke the record last year, when he passed Willie Keeler who had 8 consecutive 200 hit seasons. Having 200 hits in a season for the 10th time tied Pete Rose’s all-time record, but it took Rose 15 seasons to rack up his 10 season, 200 hit record.
What a shame that we won’t be able to see either of these great players in the post season.