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The 42-year-old reached the milestone Sunday with a triple off the wall against reliever Chris Rusin in the seventh inning at Colorado. Suzuki joined Paul Molitor as the only players to get their 3,000th hits with triples.
“I wanted to see it go over the fence, but after I heard that Paul Molitor was the other person to do it, I was glad it didn’t go over,” Suzuki said after sharing champagne with his teammates in the clubhouse after a 10-7 victory over the Rockies. “I have a special relationship with him, and having something like this, that is the same thing he accomplished, makes it more special.”
Suzuki reached third
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The rows of plantings sway in the prevailing wind here, not far from where Roberto Clemente was born and raised by his parents, and helped his father harvest in the fields.
Clemente’s spirit hovers over the island here, and over Pittsburgh and other distant places, with his name attached to parks and schools. The island of Puerto Rico has produced other Hall of Famers, like Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Alomar, and many other distinguished players, including Carlos Beltran, Benito Santiago, Bernie Williams, Carlos Delgado, Joey Cora and Alex Cora. But Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the standard of bravery and grace he established.
Clemente died Dec. 31, More >