The Seattle Mariners announced on Thursday that future Hall of Fame outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (pictured) is transitioning from a role as a player to a special advisor to the team which he joined back in 2001.

Ichiro returned to the Mariners this season after stints with the Florida Marlins and the New York Yankees.  He is one of the few major league players to amass 3,000 career hits and steal at least 500 bases.

Suzuki won the American League's Most Valuable Player and the AL Rookie of the Year in 2001.  He was an American League All-Star in each of his first ten seasons with Seattle, as well as ten Gold Gloves as an outfielder.

Ichiro was hitting just .205 in 15 games appeared in this season.

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