Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki, 43, Becomes Oldest Starting CF
MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has become the oldest player to start a game in center field since at least 1900.
The 43-year-old Suzuki was in the lineup batting leadoff Sunday for the Miami Marlins against the Chicago Cubs. Suzuki surpassed the record held by Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, who was a month younger when he started in center in 2002 for the Boston Red Sox.
Suzuki, a member of the 3,000-hit club, reached on an error and scored in the first inning. He has played in 63 games this season, mostly as a pinch hitter, and began the day batting .209.