According to NBC Sports, Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was under some ‘mental stress’ during the season last year due to the fact that his 10-year long 200 hit record fell to the wayside and missed out on his 11th gold glove and 11th All-Star appearance of his illustrious career.
“I felt desperate last season,” Suzuki told the Nikkan Sports newspaper. “That doesn’t happen to me very often. Mental stress is a lot worse than physical stress…If I can get two or three hits every day, I never feel tired, one hit relieves my stress, it’s better than an hour of massage.”
Some critics feel that his age is finally keeping up with the seemingly ageless 38 year old, which may very well be the case. Either way, Ichiro’s resume here in MLB alone is enough to call him one of the greatest to ever play, and undoubtedly a future Hall of Famer.
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