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Ichiro Suzuki the most prolific hitter in baseball history is retiring on Thursday the forty five year old was sent off by at Tokyo stadium rocking with cheers he was playing for Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in the second game of the Major League Baseball opening series in Japan the mariners won five to four after three extra innings if you're a spoke to reporters on Friday new home the Kunin after this game nine years in Japan %HESITATION nineteen years in America I will put an end to my career and announce my retirement I'm happy to be able to wear amount is Josie and retire each hero has over three thousand hits in the U. S. major leagues and over twelve hundred in NY palm professional baseball his record at four thousand three hundred sixty seven hits is the highest ever at the top professional level yeah American Honda American fans were very critical at first during my first spring training in two thousand and one fans would tell me go back to Japan after putting up results they started to act differently I realize that when you perform and deliver results they will respect me that made a huge impact it's zero swept the American League in his first year winning M. V. P. he played the majority of his career for the Seattle Mariners and also had late career stretches with the New York Yankees and Miami Marlins he's expected to continue work with the mariners he became a special assistant to the chairman last year