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August 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Ichiro poll: How real is his 4,000-hit milestone?

Ichiro tips his helmet to the crowd at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday after collecting his 4,000th career hit in Japan and the U.S.  Photo by Kathy Willens / The Associated Press

Ichiro tips his helmet to the crowd at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday after collecting his 4,000th career hit in Japan and the U.S.
Photo by Kathy Willens / Associated Press

Ichiro reached the 4,000-hit milestone Wednesday night. Or did he?

The former Mariners star, now playing for the New York Yankees, singled in the first inning off Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, giving him 4,000 hits in Japan and Major League Baseball. That total includes 1,278 hits Ichiro earned in nine seasons playing for the Orix Blue Wave (1992-2000) and 2,722 since coming to the U.S. in 2001.

He becomes only the second player to reach 4,000 hits at the top level of baseball in Japan and the U.S. The others? Pete Rose (4,256) and Ty Cobb (4,191). Yet Rose and Cobb collected all of their hits in Major League Baseball.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi called it “an amazing feat.” Even teammate Derek Jeter, who has 3,000 big-league hits and is a sure-fire Hall of Famer, called it impressive.

What do you think? Should Ichiro’s 4,000 hits be mentioned in the same breath as Cobb and Rose, disregarded entirely or put in a completely different category – a milestone with an asterisk, if you will.

That’s our Take 2 poll today.  Vote and let us know what you think in the comment thread.

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