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Ichiro gives 3,000-hit memorabilia to Hall

MIAMI — The president of the Baseball Hall of Fame was the grateful recipient Monday as Ichiro Suzuki handed over his gear — a jersey, a pair of cleats, his arm guard and batting gloves, all items he wore while becoming the 30th player to reach 3,000 hits.

When the exchange concluded, the men bowed to each other, a fitting gesture to celebrate the bridge from Japan to Cooperstown.

Ichiro began building that bridge when he came to the major leagues as a 27-year-old rookie in 2001. Three thousand hits later, he's a memorabilia-making machine.

His collection at the Hall of Fame numbered more than two dozen items even before his triple Sunday at Colorado, which made him the first Japanese player to reach 3,000 hits. When he and his teammates returned to Marlins Park to begin a homestand, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson was there to collect additional souvenirs.

"Jeff asked me about the stuff," Ichiro said through an interpreter. "I was happy to give it to him. I have an agreement with Jeff that when I die, all of my stuff is going to go to Jeff and the Hall of Fame."

BOCHY HOSPITALIZED: Giants manager Bruce Bochy was admitted to a Miami hospital after falling ill and missed the game against the Marlins. The Giants did not specify what sent Bochy, 61, to the hospital but said in a statement that he is "resting comfortably" and would be monitored overnight before returning to the team today. Bochy had a heart procedure in February 2015 to insert two stents.

BLUE JAYS: OF Kevin Pillar went on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. OF Darrell Ceciliani was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo and started in leftfield against the Rays, with former Ray Mevin Upton Jr. replacing Pillar in center.

MARINERS: RHP Taijuan Walker was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma two days after allowing six runs in four innings against the Angels. LHP Ariel Miranda, recently acquired from the Orioles, will step into Walker's spot in the rotation.

PHILLIES: As part of Alumni Weekend, LHP Randy Wolf and INF Placido Polanco will retire as members of the team. Wolf, 39, will retire Saturday and Polanco, 40, on Sunday.

Ichiro gives 3,000-hit memorabilia to Hall 08/08/16 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2016 8:35pm]
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