Statcast measures exit velocity, launch angle, projected distance, time to third base and max speed on Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th career hit
It was the first homer at Safeco as a visiting player for the 43-year-old Ichiro, who last went deep at the ballpark on April 18, 2012.
Ichiro, who played for the Mariners from his arrival in the United States in 2001 until '12, set two Major League records while with Seattle: the single-season hits record of 262 in '04 and the most consecutive seasons with 200 or more hits (10, 2001-2010).
The hits record with Seattle and Ichiro's 3,000th career Major League hit, a triple in Colorado last Aug. 7 while with the Marlins, were both honored with a "Hitstory" bobblehead on Wednesday, attracting a midweek crowd of 27,147.
Statcast: Ichiro's 3,000th hit MIA@COL: Ichiro runs 19.8 MPH on 3,000th career hitStatcast measures exit velocity, launch angle, projected distance, time to third base and max speed on Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000th career hit
Ichiro legged out an infield single earlier in the game, but he saved the special moment for the end. With fans chanting his name like in years past, Ichiro connected for his first homer and RBI of the year. The Safeco fans gave him a standing ovation as he rounded the bases and continued to chant his name after he disappeared into the dugout.
Television cameras showed him being congratulated by Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano of the Mariners while rounding the bases, and then he showed his emotions in the dugout while celebrating with teammates -- two days after arriving in Seattle for the first time in three years and proclaiming that Safeco will "always be home."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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