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A look at the 4,000-hit club

Ichiro Suzuki reached the 4,000-hit club on Wednesday.

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Ichiro Suzuki reached the 4,000-hit club on Wednesday.

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.

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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:

Pete Rose

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4,256 hits

3,215 singles

1,041 extra base hits

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75.5% of hits singles

Ty Cobb

4,189 hits

3,053 singles

1,136 extra base hits

72.9% of hits singles

Ichiro Suzuki

In Japan:

1,278 hits

926 singles

352 extra base hits

72.5% of hits singles

In MLB*:

2,723 hits

2,208 singles

515 extra base hits

81.1% of hits singles

Overall*:

4,001 hits

3,134 singles

866 extra base hits

78.4% of hits singles

* Ichiro’s statistics through Thursday’s games

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