Ichiro Suzuki Biography

( 1973 - )
July 15, 2019
First published on:May 15, 2018
by NJ

Facts of Ichiro Suzuki

Date of Birth: 1973, October 22
Age: 46 years old
Birth Nation: Japan
Birth Name Ichiro Suzuki
Birth Place Japan
Famous Name Ichiro
Net Worth $120 million
Nationality Japanese
Ethnicity Asian
Currently Working For Seattle Marines
Married to Yumiko Fukushima

Ichiro Suzuki is a retired Japanese professional baseball outfielder who played most of his career with Orix Blue Wave of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in Japan and Seattle Mariners of MLB. He is a 3-time PL MVP and ten-time MLB All-Star.

 

Ichiro Suzuki, who is married to Yumiko Fukushima, is a well known Japanese professional baseball player and has an estimated net worth of around $180 million even after his retirement. The MBL player is one of the respected figures in Japanese Baseball, who also has played for MBL in the states.

Ichiro Suzuki's Childhood

Ichiro Suzuki was born on October 22, 1973, in Japan. He was born in a small town of Toyoyama. He is the son of father Nobuyuki Suzuki with whom he trained until he attributed with any sports team.

He attended and graduated from Aikodai Meiden High School at Nagoya which had an excellent baseball program. He played early in life from junior years at the school. When he was 12 years old, he decided that he wanted to play baseball professionally.  

Ichiro Suzuki Career

 Ichiro debuted at NPB at the age of 18 in 1992 for Orix Blue Wave's farm system. After two seasons in the farm system, he was moved to the leadoff spot for Orix Bluewave.

In 1994 he began using his first name Ichiro instead of his family name Suzuki at the back of his uniform. Within a year, he was flooded with endorsement deals. In 1995 he led his team to win Pacific League first in 12 years.

In November 1998, Ichiro participated in a seven-game exhibition series with American all-stars. During the game, he collected many praises from opposing teammates like Sammy Sosa and Jamie Moyer.

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In 2000, though he was still a year loss to be a free agency, Orix Blue Wave could no longer afford to keep such a high talent, thus they resided to trade him through the posting system. Seattle Mariners won the bid to negotiate term with the player at approximately $13 million. 

The baseball player later signed a three year deal of $14 million with the MLB club on November of 2000. By the time he had won 7 Golden Glove awards in Japan. Having such an inspiring Baseball career, he has inspired many Japanese youths to play at an international level including 23 years ole MLB star Shohei Ohtani.

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Ichiro Suzuki's International Career

Ichiro Suzuki came to the USA to play baseball. He was first signed by Seattle Marines to which he has come around and playing again for it now. He was signed by Seattle Mariners in 2001. He debuted with the team in Major League Baseball on April 2, 2001.

He stayed in the club until mid-season of 2012 before joining the team of New York Yankees. He was traded to New York Yankees for two minor league pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar on July 23, 2012 (mid-season). The trade was an arrangement agreed by the baseball player because he felt guilty of having a  big share in the club when the club was in a rebuilding phase.

He played for New York Yankees for two more seasons before heading to Miami Marlins. He played there for three years from 2015 to 2017. He had $2 million a year deal with the club and after three seasons, for 2018 the club gave him $500,000 buyout. He has returned back to Seattle Mariners beginning of the year 2018 and currently plays for it.

On June 25, 2017, he became the oldest player to start a game in center field and on June 29 he became the oldest active MLB player. He has been honored by included in ALL-Star team from 2001 to 2010, ten years consecutively.

Ichiro Suzuki Personal Life; Who is his Wife?

Ichiro Suzuki is married to Yumiko Fukushima. The couple married at the end of 1999 in California, USA. 18 years together, the couple do not have any children yet. They are happy and content showering love to their pet dog which they named Ikkyu.

The couple who not only showers love to their pet dog but has also helped people in need. During 2011 they made a huge donation of $1.25 million to help people suffered in Tsunami and earthquake.

He has his own personal exhibition room named 'I-fain' in his hometown Toyoyama run and looked after by his father. 

Ichiro is also an honored chairman of Ichiro cup, a six months long baseball championship among 200 teams in Japan. The game is held in his hometown since 1996. Ichiro always watches the final match and awards ceremony.

He believes that his lean figure in Baseball would be a source of inspiration for youngsters who want to make it big in the world in athletics. He is also a role model for some of the young players including Yu Darvish.

Ichiro Suzuki Net Worth

The international baseball player has an estimated net worth of $120 million. He makes a lot of money from advertisement and endorsement deals. He is very famous and celebrated in Japan. Only in the year 2016, he made $4 million form advertisements deals only in the home country Japan. 

By Forbes, it is assumed that Ichiro has once earned $7 million a year for his endorsement deals that came mostly from Japan. 


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