Ichiro Suzuki‘s contract with the Yankees might end after this season, but he doesn’t have any plans to stop playing baseball after the 2014 season concludes.
Ichiro told ESPN New York that he plans to continue playing beyond the 2014 season, and retirement is not an option for him.
“Retirement from baseball is something I haven’t even thought about….For me, I feel there’s no reason for me to retire right now,” Suzuki said.
Ichiro is aware his playing time has reduced severely, now that the Yankees have Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano placed in the outfield and DH slots, but he knew what he was getting himself into when he re-signed with the team following the 2012 season.
“When I first signed here I knew what I was getting into,” Ichiro said. “I knew every year there would be changes and things would happen that maybe we can’t control. But I can’t allow that to affect the way I prepare or go into the season.”
“I don’t know how I’m going to feel once the season starts. I don’t know what it’s going to be like. But right now, it doesn’t change the way I prepare myself throughout the spring.”
Ichiro plans to do whatever the Yankees ask of him, even if it means his role on the Yankees could simply mean being a bench player.
— Mark Teixeira hit in the cage this morning and he is still on track to make his Spring debut on Thursday. No news about the wrist so at this point, no news is good news.
— Alfonso Soriano said he feels much better and he hopes to get into a game by Wednesday.
— Andy Pettitte is in camp this morning as a guest instructor. I’m not sure if he plans to come out of retirement again, but it’s highly unlikely.