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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.

    And Ichiro has done it by playing small ball as good as anyone.

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    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

    75.5% of hits singles

    Ty Cobb

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    4,189 hits

    3,053 singles

    1,136 extra base hits

    72.9% of hits singles

    Ichiro Suzuki

    In Japan:

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    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