The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

47. Ichiro Suzuki

Sport: Baseball
Bonafides From 2002-2012: 9x All-Star, 9x Golden Glove Winner, 2x Silver Slugger Winner
The Complex Decade is littered with over-hyped, Japanese baseball imports (Kaz Matsui and Kosuke Fukudome come to mind) but Ichiro Suzuki left the island for Seattle and became a baseball legend. The Mariner right fielder has averaged well over 200 hits per season and will likely reach 3,000 in his career despite playing nine (yes, nine) seasons in Japan. Ichiro will probably never get the respect he deserves with his paltry power numbers and lack of postseason exposure, but pound for pound he's been the most entertaining baseball player of the last ten years.

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