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Notes: Hall of Fame to honor Ichiro10/02/2004 7:46 PM ET
By Chris Hester / Special to MLB.com
SEATTLE -- Ichiro Suzuki will be honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. with an exhibition that will be displayed starting next month.
Jeff Idelson, the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Vice-President of Communications and Education, presented Ichiro with a George Sisler model Louisville Slugger S91 bat and an album that contained pictures and articles regarding Sisler prior to the Mariners' game Saturday afternoon.
Starting Nov. 1 and continuing through next summer, the Hall of Fame will have an Ichiro display that will include the bat used by the Seattle right-fielder to record his final hit of the season and a pair of spikes worn the final weekend when Sisler's record fell.
In Saturday's pregame ceremony, Suzuki was also presented with a George Sisler autographed St. Louis Browns cap from the Sisler family and was named a recipient of the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award presented by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
Ichiro broke Sisler's record of 257 hits in a season Friday night with a base hit to center field off Texas pitcher Ryan Dreese.
BBWAA honors trio: Ichiro, Jolbert Cabrera and Ron Villone were honored prior to the game Friday night when the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of American handed out their post-season honors.
Local writers honored Ichiro as Seattle's player of the year on the night he broke Sisler's 84 year-old Major League record. The Mariners' right-fielder leads the Majors with a .373 batting average and is sixth in the American League in total bases with 317. Ichiro's name can also be found in the top 10 in the AL in multihit games (79), stolen bases (36), on-base percentage (.415), outfield assists (12) and batting with runners in scoring position (.375).
Villone received the award as the club's top pitcher after posting a team-high eight wins and a 4.08 ERA on the year. The versatile left-hander started 10 games and made 46 relief appearances on the season.
"I was surprised and shocked," the lefty said. "It's very nice I'm honored. I'm just here to look for support from my teammates, if I get support from other places, that's great, it's not what I'm looking for, but I'm very appreciative of the award."
Seattle coaches voted Cabrera as the Mariners' "Unsung Hero". While playing just about every position on the diamond, Cabrera batted .268 with six home runs and 45 RBI in 111 games.
"I really appreciate the guys picking me, giving me the award," Cabrera said. "It means a lot to me, the effort that I put into my job be recognized, I'm happy about that. It's something special that I'm going to keep for the rest of my career in my heart."
Olivo suspended: Catcher Miguel Olivo was suspended two games and fined $1,000 for bumping umpire Wally Bell in the game Sept. 20 at Anaheim.
The Seattle backstop appealed the decision and will serve a one-game suspension Saturday night and pay a fine of an undisclosed amount. Dan Wilson will start at catcher while rookie Rene Rivera will serve as his back up.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.