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Ichiro Falling Out Of Favor In Seattle?

Mariners News: We’re beginning to think so…

It’s crazy to even type these words – but is the writing on the wall for Ichiro Suzuki in Seattle?

Ichiro Falling Out Of Favor In Seattle?

The .265 batting average is concerning enough. The man is a .326 lifetime hitter and has never hit worse than .303 in a season. Is it time to move Ichiro down in the order?

He’s 37 years old and, 121 games into the MLB season, it doesn’t look like he’ll snap his slump.

Still, the declining skills for a man pushing 40 are forgivable. Ichiro could retire today and still be heralded as one of the greatest players ever to wear a Seattle uniform.

So his performance isn’t the main worry. The real concern is the growing notion that he cares more about his stats than winning.

It’s long been rumored that Ichiro had the talent and power to be a 30-homer guy if he wanted to be – but that he would rather bat .330 and notch his 200 hits every season.

A bizarre incident during Tuesday’s 13-7 loss to the Blue Jays supports the theory.

Ichiro came to bat with the Mariners trailing by three runs and with runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth. He laid a bunt. Huh?

With force outs all over the bag, a three-run deficit and two outs? Hmmmm.

Manager Eric Wedge said the “I still want him to swing the bat right there” and that he and Ichiro addressed the issue.

But it sure seems like Ichiro was trying to puff up that hit total to keep the streak of 200-hit seasons alive.

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