Who was a better hitter in the U.S. major league: Ichiro Suzuki or Hideki Matsui?
Ichiro Suzuki Born: October 22, 1973 in Nichi Kasugai-gun, Aichi, Japan 2001- 2013: active
Hideki Matsui Born: June 12, 1974 in Ishikawa, Japan 2003-2012: retired
Seattle traded Suzuki to the Yankees July 23, 2012 where he now plays. Suzuki is actually older than Matsui who essentially retired after playing only 34 games in 2012 for Tampa. To his credit Suzuki has played in 2,030 games while Matsui played in only 1,236 games. It might seem a little odd to compare them but let's see what we get.
Obviously Suzuki is a better all around player than Matsui who started to break down physically after leading the American Conference in games in each of his first three years playing for the Yankees. Here are some batting numbers.
Matsui wins the career averages.
Season high averages:
Matsui dominates the season high averages.
Season high totals:
Overall I'm leaning towards Matsui. How about you?