Ichiro To Bat Third, But Not For First Time In His Career

The news came out Tuesday that Ichiro is going to bat third in the lineup this season for the Mariners and that's caused a pretty big stir among Seattle fans. Ichiro is anything but your typical 3-hole hitter but Larry Stone pointed out something on Twitter that may put you at ease, at least a little bit.

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While baseball in Japan and in the Majors are very different, I do think it's meaningful from a mental standpoint that he's batted in that spot before. Quite a bit, actually.

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