Ichiro strikes out 17 -- vs. high schoolers

Baseball icon racks up the K's in Japanese exhibition display

December 18th, 2021

The offseason exploits of Ichiro Suzuki continue to create memorable moments for baseball fans around the globe.

Weeks after the Mariners legend showed up to hit dingers at a high school in his native Japan and surprised Daisuke Matsuzaka during the right-hander’s retirement ceremony, Ichiro stepped onto the mound to face a select team of girls high school baseball players.

The 19-year MLB veteran pulled no punches during the exhibition, with Jason Coskrey of the Japan Times sharing that the prolific outfielder threw 147 pitches and topped out at 84 mph on the stadium radar gun en route to recording 17 strikeouts. He also hit at least one batter and was limited to an 0-for-3 day at the plate by the elite team of high schoolers.

The 48-year-old icon and current special assistant in the Mariners front office made only one appearance on an MLB mound, pitching an inning in relief for the Marlins during the 2015 season.

"I used to pitch in high school," Ichiro said through interpreter Allen Turner following his lone MLB outing. "I did pitch in an All-Star Game in Japan. But to be on the mound at a Major League Baseball game, you can say one of my dreams came true today. But I'll never ask to do that again."

Highlights from Ichiro’s exhibition can be seen above, while the full game is also available on YouTube.