Monday, October 5, 2015

Ichiro makes MLB pitching debut against Phillies (VIDEO)

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.

With the Marlins trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning Sunday, Miami manager Dan Jennings brought Ichiro in from right field to pitch in the final game of the season.

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 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.

The 10-time All-Star did allow one earned run on two hits (no strikeouts or walks) in his MLB pitching debut — but you can bet that 9.00 ERA won't keep Ichiro out of the Hall of Fame.

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