Amid all of the unknowns regarding the 2018 Miami Marlins, one offseason decision seems rather simple: Ichiro Suzuki and his team option. The Marlins got another day closer to their deadline — they have until four days after the World Series to decide — with a 6-5 win Friday night against the Atlanta Braves. Miami can bring Ichiro back for $2 million, a deal agreed to by both parties about a year ago. Manager Don Mattingly is a big fan of his backup outfielder, calling Ichiro “an amazing guy” again Friday. And, perhaps most significantly, the soon-to-be-44-year-old Ichiro himself said he hopes to be back in South Florida next season — and, indeed, wants to play until he’s “at least 50.” “There’s no reason not to be back,” Ichiro said through interpreter Allen Turner. “It’s definitely a place I would want to be.” This year has been different than all of the others in Ichiro’s quarter-century professional baseball career in that he inhabited a true reserve role for the duration, which has led him to the cusp of a curious place in history: the single-season pinch-hits record.
Ichiro Suzuki wants to return to Marlins, play until 'at least 50'
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel | Sep 30