Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitching in 1996 Japanese All-Star Game

A few days ago, Ichiro Suzuki told the media that he had pitched once before in the 1996 Japanese All-Star Game and he wanted a chance to do it again. Joe Girardi ultimately agreed that he’d like to see Ichiro pitch, but in a blowout situation or in a game where the entire 25-man roster was used. So, while I was skimming through YouTube this morning, I actually found the clip from the 1996 Japanese All-Star Game where Ichiro faced a batter. I won’t spoil how the at-bat ends, but Ichiro does have quite the arsenal. If you want to just see him pitch, fast forward to the 2:40 mark. The first half of the video is Ichiro warming up on the mound.

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3 Responses to Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitching in 1996 Japanese All-Star Game

  1. Roy says:

    Thanks for finding this Delia. Additional teaser. Watch Ichiro warming up to see the on deck hitter who was pinch hit for.

  2. Robert Rufa says:

    Great piece of video, but why wait till a blow-out or everyone else was used? There are games when the bullpen implodes and Ichiro would probably do no worse. He'd certainly have an edge in the World Series–a pitcher who could hit.

    I actually remember when former Cleveland/Detroit outfielder (with the rifle arm) Rocky Colavito pitched a few innings for the Yankees in his final year as a player, and not only did he pitch extremely well, he went on to become the winning pitcher when NY got back into the game.

    I wouldn't have minded seeing Mo play an inning or two in center field either. Oh, well—maybe in an Old Timer's game.