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Added July 24th, 2012 by Chalk

Ichiro Makes Yankee Debut Against Old, Crappy Team

Ichiro Suzuki debuted with the New York Yankees on Monday night, going 1-for-4 with a stolen base in a 4-1 road win over his former team, the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees traded a few minor prospects to the Mariners to acquire the aging Japanese star in a seemingly desperate move after losing four straight in Oakland over the weekend.

Ichiro, who turns 39 this October, said he was “overcome” by leaving the team he played with for over 11 seasons, but was generally thrilled about the trade he requested. “I’m going from a team that’s having the most losses to a team that has the most wins. It’s been hard to contain my excitement,” explained Ichiro, who batted eighth in his Yankee debut.

Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh said the trade surprised and intrigued him. “This is something he wanted and I look forward to seeing him play for the Yankees,” said Japan’s Babe Ruth.

The 1-for-4 debut was about what the Yankees should have expected based on Ichiro’s season so far — he’s batting .261 (about 60 points below his career average), while hardly ever drawing walks or going for extra bases (.288 on-base percentage, .353 slugging percentage this season). The Yankees needed a replacement for Brett Gardner, who is out for the season.

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