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Ichiro Is Benched For The First Time In His Career

Posted By Charles Mager On April 3, 2014 @ 1:49 PM In MLB | No Comments

Suzuki [1]Ichiro Suzuki is going to sit on the bench and watch his teammates play tonight for the first time in his career at 40 years old.

He’s yet to appear in a game for the Yankees, as they go with Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran as the starting outfield, and Suzuki talked to Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger about how he’s feeling:

“It’s nothing I’ve ever experienced before. So I have nothing to compare it to. This is just a first-time experience for me. … As human beings, there are things we have to adjust to. And that’s what I’m going through right now.”

It’s tough to blame the Yankees for not playing Ichiro and also tough to blame other teams for not making a run at trading for him, because he’s old and hit just .273 with a .605 OPS in 473 games from 2011-2013.

For more on this story visit: Aaron Gleeman, NBC Sports [2]

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