BY Steve Rudman 08:46AM 04/20/2011

Nobody Asks But Us: Ichiro & 4-Hit Games

Mariners star racks up first four-hit game since last September

Ichiro had four hits in Seattle's 13-3 win over the Detroit Tigers / Getty Images

Ichiro had four of Seattle’s 15 hits in Tuesday night’s 13-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Safeco Field. How many times has Ichiro had four or more hits in a game, and how many times did Edgar Martinez get four hits in a game?

Ichiro’s four-hit game against the Tigers marked his first such contest since Sept. 21, 2010, when he went 4-for-4 with two runs scored in a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Center.

Ichiro now has 44 games with four or more hits, including seven games with five hits. Both are Mariner records. During his 18-year career, Edgar Martinez produced 26 four-hit games. Ken Griffey Jr. (1989-99, ’10) had 22 games with four or more hits, including two with five hits.

Among modern-era players with 3,000 or more career hits, Pete Rose produced the most four-plus hit games — 73. Rose achieved that total over 23 seasons and 3,562 games, or 1,956 more games than Ichiro has played.

Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, whose career was cut short by injuries, had 48 games with four or more hits. He played in 1,783 games. Ichiro now has 44 in 1,606 games.

In Ichiro’s first 10 seasons, he delivered 2,244 hits, most by anyone in the first 10 seasons of a career. Hall of Famer Paul Waner (1926-35) ranks No. 2 at 2,036,

Player Career Games 4 Hits 5 Hits 6 Hits Total
Pete Rose 1963-86 3562 63 10 0 73
George Brett 1973-93 2707 58 5 0 63
Wade Boggs 1982-99 2440 59 3 0 62
Rod Carew 1967-85 2469 51 7 0 58
Hank Aaron 1954-76 3298 46 3 0 49
Kirby Puckett 1984-95 1783 42 4 2 48
Willie Mays 1951-73 2992 41 5 0 46
Tony Gwynn 1982-01 2440 36 8 1 45
Ichiro Suzuki 2001-11 1606 37 7 0 44
Lou Brock 1961-79 2616 36 6 0 42
Carl Yazstremski 1961-83 3308 37 4 0 41
Eddie Murray 1977-97 3026 38 1 0 39
Cal Ripken Jr. 1981-01 3001 30 3 1 34
Rafael Palmiero 1986-05 2831 29 5 0 34
Craig Biggio 1988-07 2850 32 2 0 34
Dave Winfield 1973-95 2973 23 7 0 30
Rickey Henderson 1979-03 3081 24 3 0 27
Robin Yount 1974-93 2856 25 1 0 26

YourThoughts

  • Hansville Pasta Boy

    Steve,
    This post is a perfect example why I stop at Sports Press NW every day. By providing a major league comparison of Ichiro to greats in the game you demonstrate how incredible he is.Thank You.

    • Steve Rudman

      Thank you for dropping by. We appreciate it.

  • I know I’ll get slaughtered for saying this, but

    To me this is just one more example of why I believe Edgar was over rated and is absolutely not a Hall of Fame candidate.

    There, I said it.