Most professional hits by any baseball player, counting Suzuki’s work in Japan; 3,030 hits just in the majors, as well as 10 Gold Gloves. First Japanese player to star long-term stateside.
Over Suzuki’s first 10 seasons in the majors, he averaged 224 hits, a .331 batting average, and a Gold Glove. Since then, he’s won no Gold Gloves and hit .270 with an average of 131 hits per season. More than this, just as Pete Rose was a below-average player in his final seasons while he chased the all-time hit record, Suzuki was worth -5.2 Wins Above Average and just 5.3 WAR from 2011 through 2016 as he pursued 3,000 hits. Most voters won’t care about this. A handful might.
The Yankees have reportedly reached a one-year deal that will bring slugging first baseman Chris Carter to the Bronx.
USA Today reports the contract, which is pending Carter passing a physical, is worth $3 million.
The 30-year-old Carter’s 41 home runs last season with the Brewers tied for the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom National League lead with Nolan Arenado. He’s a boom-or-bust hitter, however, striking out an NL-leading 206 times last year, and hitting .222/.321/.499.
A career .218 hitter in seven seasons, Carter also has negative defensive metrics at first base. That might explain why he has been non-tendered two years in a row (by the Astros in 2015, then the Brewers) despite big home run numbers.
Carter is expected to play split time between first and DH this season.