1993 TOMY I.D. #102
Obviously the sport will miss one of the greatest foreign players to ever take the field. The guy seemed to be able to put the ball into play wherever and whenever he wanted when he stepped into the batter's box.
2012 Topps Archives 1956 Relics #56R-I
Defensively he was as smart and creative as they come and if that weren't enough... he had a rocket for an arm.
2008 Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Relics #AGR-IS
2009 Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Relics #AGR-IS
2010 Allen and Ginter Framed Mini Relics #AGR-IS
That combination along with the incredible numbers he put up during his MLB career along with his dedication for the game he loved have guaranteed him a plaque in Cooperstown.
2001 eTopps #100
The question is whether or not it'll be in five years?
1993 BBM #239
It's uncertain whether or not we've seen Ichiro's final MLB plate experience.
2001 Topps Gallery #151a
2001 Topps Gallery #151b
I have nothing but admiration for #51, and understand that he's done so much for the game that he's kind of earned the right to leave the game on his terms. It'd be pretty cool to see him play one final time when the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners kick off the 2019 MLB season in Japan. Could you think of a cooler way for Ichiro to wrap up his career?
2001 Keebler #5 (Stadium Giveaway)
On the other hand, there's a part of me that hopes he embraces this "coaching" position and takes the next step in his MLB career as a mentor to the franchise that signed him seventeen years ago.
2001 Fleer Tradtion #452
I guess only time will tell. Regardless of his decision... I'm still going to enjoy watching his highlight reels and collecting his memorabilia.
2000 UD Ovation Japan #41
Happy Sunday and sayonara!