Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki joined the 4,000-hit club this week when he -- fittingly -- singled off Blue Jays starter R.A Dickey on Wednesday in New York.
Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,191) are the only major leaguers to top the milestone while Ichiro is the first to do it by combining his 1,278 hits in nine seasons in Japan to go with his totals from 13 major league seasons.
And Ichiro has done it by playing small ball as good as anyone.
A look at how they got to the 4,000-hit club:
1,041 extra base hits
75.5% of hits singles
1,136 extra base hits
72.9% of hits singles
352 extra base hits
72.5% of hits singles
515 extra base hits
81.1% of hits singles
866 extra base hits
78.4% of hits singles
* Ichiro’s statistics through Thursday’s games