After pleading with his managers in Seattle and New York over the past 15 years, Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki got to do something that he's always dreamed of — the 41-year-old outfielder finally got to pitch.
And, as the Phillies found out, the one-time high school hurler's change-up is no joke. His first pitch was clocked at 86 mph.
Ichiro (!!!) pitched the final defensive half-inning of the @Marlins 2015 season: http://t.co/thEB4rX4uC pic.twitter.com/cRanOKgzNy— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 5, 2015
Ichiro allowed a leadoff double to Phillies pinch hitter Odubel Herrera before recording his first out, a flyout for catcher Cameron Rupp. The next batter, pinch hitter Darnell Sweeney, doubled to right field to drive in Herrera. Ichiro would, however, get the next two batters out.