Fan Mimics Ichiro to Perfection

As Ichiro Suzuki approaches Pete Rose's professional baseball record of 4,256 hits, the Marlins' outfielder has understandably some found himself with some serious scrutiny.

Some would argue that whenever Suzuki gets his next two hits – after a 3-for-4 performance against the Padres on Monday, he stands at 4,255 total – he will become the true hits king. But others – including Rose himself – might argue that because 1,278 of Ichiro's hits came in Japan before he entered MLB as a 27-year-old in 2001, Rose will remain the real king due to his numbers coming strictly against MLB competition.

Ultimately that debate will probably last far beyond whenever Ichiro surpasses Rose's professional mark. But one thing that can't be argued is the skill of a Marlins fan who has nailed an absolutely perfect imitation of Suzuki.

In this video posted by MLB.com, the fan's talents were put on display to the public during the Marlins' 13-4 win on Monday.

Although the clip only shows one of Ichiro's at-bats, the fan was going to work all night long, earning the attention of sports fans everywhere for his spotless work. And perhaps it gives the Marlins some solace in knowing that whenever the Hall-of-Fame-bound 42-year old finally does retire, they'll have a perfectly suitable replacement waiting in the wings.

But until then, Ichiro – whose .350 batting average in 2016 would be the highest of all-time for a player past the age of 40 if it holds – will continue to embark on the record books. Even without accounting for his hits from Japan, Suzuki stands at 2,977 in his MLB career entering Tuesday, only 23 shy of becoming the 30th player in MLB history to join the 3,000 hit club.

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