Ichiro went 4-4 with 4 singles last night to raise his average to .315. That’s all I know. I wrote this post on August 29th. Since that post, he has batted .368 over 20 games (getting at least 1 hit in all but 3 games; getting at least 2 hits in all but 8). That’s a tear, my friends. He’s now resting comfortably at 197 hits on the season, with 12 games to go; he could knock out the remaining three TONIGHT. This post is my medicine, which I am taking right now for doubting the great one. Ichiro does NOT fail in his annual quest for 200 hits; EVER! He’s currently sitting on 2,227 hits for his Major League career; 3,505 if you want to count the Japanese League. Incredible. When is he going to slow down? That’s the question on everyone’s minds. I would also venture: is he as valuable to the ballclub when he starts hitting LESS than 200 hits? And, do we keep him around past that point when he’s zeroing in on 3,000 Major League hits? From what I’m told, if he retired today he’d be a Hall of Famer and I’d have to agree (because I’m a homer); but wouldn’t it be nice to see him get to 3,000 to REALLY seal the deal as the greatest Japanese-born baseball player of all time?