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5-year Marliniversary: Ichiro passes Pete Rose

Most recognize Pete Rose as baseball’s all-time hits king, but when it comes to the most hits at the highest levels of professional baseball, that distinction belongs to Ichiro Suzuki.

On this day five years, Ichiro surpassed Rose for the most hits at the baseball’s highest levels. As a member of the Miami Marlins on this day five years, Ichiro recorded two hits to move Rose to No. 2 in the record books.

Rose’s 4,256 hits is still a record in Major League Baseball, but Ichiro had nearly 1,300 hits in Japan’s Pacific Coast League before joining the Seattle Mariners in 2001.