I'm not saying he will get 400 hitsr the next two seasons, but when you look at those numbers you have to calculate for the fact that Ichiro was probably hitting behind one of the worst lineups in the majors. How well would you do having 8 guys hitting behind you with a .200 batting average? I don't have any hard facts to back me up, but I highly doubt ichiro saw one good pitch to hit during his last two seasons in Seattle. That coupled with simple boredom may have contributed to his lackluster numbers. When he came to the yankees and was much better protected in in the lineup and had the chance to actually play for something he looked like the old Ichiro.
Originally Posted by RCSowner
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