Entering the final year of his contract, many believed New York Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki would be contemplating potential retirement.
It was a pretty understandable sentiment given Suzuki will be 41-years-old when the season ends.
But the highlight machine suggested that retirement simply isn’t an option, saying he hadn’t even thought of such and that he plans to play for ‘many’ more seasons.
“Retirement from baseball is something I haven’t even thought about,” he said.
Asked how many more seasons he thought he could play, Ichiro laughed. “Not just a few,” he said. “Many. For me, I feel there’s no reason for me to retire right now.”
Ichiro wasn’t exactly horrible last season, though he wasn’t exactly impressive either.
The Yankees reportedly looked into trading him this offseason but were unable to find any takers at his $6.5 million dollar salary.
Could there be a Major League team open to signing him next season? It’s possible – likely as a bench player – but his playing days in the Major League are coming to an end. That said, Ichiro could likely play a few more years at minimum in Japan if he made such a decision.