Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki collected his 4000th professional hit on Wednesday night broken down into 2722 in MLB and 1278 in Japan. While talking to Bob Nightengale of USA Today all-time hit king Pete Rose essentially discounted Ichiro's hits in Japan when discussing his record.

"He's still 600 hits away from catching Derek Jeter'' said Rose to Nightengale "so how can he catch me?''

Jeter is sitting on 3308 career hits by far the most among active players.

"Hey if we're counting professional hits then add on my 427 career hits in the minors. I was a professional then too" added Rose. "If you look at the records Henry Aaron has 4000 professional hits. So did Stan Musial.''

Rose's math is right -- both Aaron (4095) and Musial (4001) eclipse 4000 career hits including the minors. Heck Julio Franco is at 4232 career hits if you include MLB (2586) the minors (621) Mexico (316) Japan (286) winter ball (267) and Korea (156). All of those did come as a professional.

"I don't want to take anything away from [Ichiro]'' said Rose "but does anybody remember making a big deal when Henry Aaron had 755 homers and Sadaharu Oh passed him? Are we now supposed to count Warren Moon's passing yards in the Canadian Football League to his NFL career stats? When you compare yourself to me Ty Cobb Tris Speaker and Nap Lajoie we all did it in the States.