(ESPN) Ichiro Suzuki joined Pete Rose and Ty Cobb as the only players with 4,000 career hits in the highest levels of professional baseball. Ichiro’s accomplishment comes with a little bit of a twist because his are the combined total between Japan and the American major leagues.

On the occasion of his 4,000th hit, Ichiro’s remarkable career is cause for celebration in an otherwise troubled time, Jim Caple writes. Story

On Wednesday, Ichiro’s 4,000th hit occurred when he singled to left off Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey in the first inning. The game was stopped as Ichiro received a standing ovation. Ichiro’s teammates bounded out from the home dugout and met him at first base to give him hugs and high fives.

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