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Ichiro’s future with Yankees questionable, but plans on playing again next year 

BOSTON – Ichiro Suzuki is not thinking about how many more years he has left in his career, he just knows that he’s going to play again next season.

But the soon-to-be free agent answered cryptically when asked about perhaps returning to the Yankees: “That might be a question you shouldn’t ask right now,” Ichiro said through a translator.

He also had this to say when talking about his role as a fourth outfielder with the Yanks this year: “Obviously there’s a lot of things that go on that the fans and the media can’t see, that goes on inside (the organization).

“But what I can say is that the experiences I had this year? Those experiences are going to help me in the future. It’ll be somewhat of a support for me because of the experiences I had this year.”

Suzuki, who turns 41 in October, probably would not have played as much as he did had Carlos Beltran not gotten hurt this season. Ichiro finished with a slash line of .284/.324/.340 and 15 steals in 359 at-bats over 143 games.

He is closing in on 3,000 hits – he is 156 shy after going 1-for-3 in the Yanks’ 9-5 win Sunday. Is that a motivation to keep playing?

“Obviously you want to get there, but that’s not why you play the game and that’s not why I am going to play the game,” he said.

Ichiro added that it would be tough to play if he didn’t think he could be a starter again. “I don’t know where I’m going to be, but as a player, you want to play,” he said. “You want to be in that position.

“If you don’t feel that way, I don’t know how you play the game.”

Asked how many more years he might have left, Ichiro replied: “That’s a tough question because right now I am not even thinking about it. I feel great and that’s not something I even think about.”

via Ichiro’s future with Yankees questionable, but plans on playing again next year  – NY Daily News.


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