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Ichiro via ESPN NY:

“There’s no reason for me not to play every day.”

Well, we can think of a couple. Over the last 3 seasons, Ichiro has been one of the worst hitters in MLB. His wRC+ of 80 (20% below average) over that time frame ranks 2nd-worst among ALL MLB OFs. Who is #1, you ask? Well, that would be Vernon Wells!

In 2013, Ichiro hit rock bottom. His wRC+ of 71 was dead last for MLB OFs with at least 500 plate appearances. His on-base percentage was 2nd-worst at .297. At this point, Ichiro is a putrid hitter.

If Ichiro is playing every day, then something either went very wrong with the team or he possesses the same naked pictures of Brian Cashman that Eduardo Nunez does.

Ichiro’s role this year is simple. He’ll make for a very nice defensive replacement and pinch runner. That’s it. Period.