The legendary Ichiro suzuki he has long been a man of many talents. The consummate hitter, the half-time pitcher, the mascot of the mustache disguise, and the current special assistant to the president of the Seattle Mariners; they can add a new skill to the back of their baseball card in the form of a bullpen catcher.
Yes, you read that right. Ichiro, the former 19-year veteran who racked up 3,089 hits throughout his historic career (2001-2019), served as a receiver for the Mariners who rehabbed the left-handed pitcher. Justus sheffield Saturday:
Wearing a stylish blue receiving kit, Ichiro caught Sheffield’s bullpen session as the 25-year-old recovers from a left forearm strain.
This wouldn’t be the first time Ichiro has helped the Mariners’ organization. He has also served as a batting practice pitcher, a role Ichiro takes very seriously, so much so that he built a mound in his backyard in Japan.
It may interest you: Ichiro now serves as a pitcher in Mariners batting practice.
Naturally, of course, the next step in your evolution as a player would be to catch a game as a catcher. Unfortunately, we can only imagine what it’s like to have Ichiro play the role of catcher. Not even manager Scott Servais has seen the wonder Ichiro is behind the plate and that Servais was a catcher.