The importance of Ichiro to the Japanese and the Seattle Mariners

Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

NWSB insider C-Mac brings us an interesting take on Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Not only has he been a beacon of hope for the Mariners, but he is also representing his home country of Japan in many ways. Through his success in America, he has single handedly paved the way for more international players to take the main stage in America.

Breaking News: Mariners vs A’s To start 2012 MLB season in Japan

Ichiro Suzuki as a member of Japan's Orix Blue Wave

Brandon Choate covers breaking Major League Baseball news that the 2012 season will open in Japan with the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics facing off. Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki came from Japan in 2001 to play for the Seattle Mariners. Some say Ichiro paved the way for Japanese players to enter the big leagues as players like Hideki Mastui, Kenji Jojhima, So Taguchi and Kazuo Matsui have all done well in the majors…

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