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Ichiro says goodbye to baseball after 28 seasons

'Magician with the bat' amassed 4,367 hits in Japan and US

TOKYO -- Legendary Japanese baseball player Ichiro Suzuki picked up his bat for the last time Thursday, retiring at age 45 as one of the greatest to ever play the game with 4,367 combined hits in Japan and the U.S.

“I have achieved so many of my dreams in baseball both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball," Suzuki said Thursday. "I am honored to end my big-league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."

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