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  • 17 Jun
    导出博客文章In this edition of my Big Board: the debuts of two third-year sophomores from
    big-time schools, an SEC defensive lineman makes a big jump, and theres a new
    top prospect from No. 1-ranked Alabama.A reminder: General scouting reports on
    these players wont change week to week, unless my overall evaluation changes.
    Ill simply be updating performance notes and providing updates on key matchups
    to come.One asterisk denotes a junior, and two asterisks denote a redshirt
    sophomore for the 2016 season.1. *Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&MGarrett
    returned from a one-game absence?because of a high ankle sprain and recorded a
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    Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points
    ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. Still unsure exactly what to expect from the
    Japanese newcomer, Lou Piniella kept waiting for the rookie to pull a ball. Too
    many hits sprayed to left field, Sweet Lou thought, too easy for defenses to
    adjust.So the veteran Seattle manager summoned the translator and told him to
    deliver a message to Ichiro Suzuki: I want to see some bat speed.Piniella saw
    them huddle in the dugout and share a laugh. A couple of innings later, Suzuki
    led off with a home run into the bullpen in right-center.He rounds the bases, he
    steps on home plate, and he says, `Happy now? when he shook my hand, Piniella
    recalled. I said, `Yeah, yeah, you can do whatever you want.All these years
    later, with Suzuki on the verge of joining the 3,000-hit club in the big
    leagues, his first skipper in the majors is taking a lot of pride in watching
    the pursuit. As much as Piniella believed in Suzuki from the start and was in
    awe of those early accomplishments with the Mariners, he never would have
    guessed the outfielder would still be playing at age 42 and going for such a
    lofty perch.Suzuki hit .335 with a .412 on-base percentage in 164 at-bats over
    the first half with Miami. He reached 2,991 hits Friday night with a pinch
    single in the eighth inning of the Marlins 7-6 victory at St. Louis in the
    return from the All-Star break.Now gray-haired and no longer a regular in his
    16th major league season, Suzuki might have lost a step, but not much. Credit
    his commitment to an intense regimen that has long included an on-deck routine
    that features a deep warmup squat, then a one-of-a-kind stance and a sweeping
    twirl of his bat.Suzuki was 27 and had 1,278 hits in Japan before he came to the
    big leagues. Piniella got so excited after Suzukis two-hit debut in 2001 that he
    kissed him.I was so happy for him, thats why, Piniella said. Its hard for a
    player to come here from Japan, especially with the scrutiny that he had. Im an
    emotional guy. I got caught up in the moment. I gave him a hug and at the same
    time I gave him a little peck. Look, I really enjoyed watching this young man
    play and I knew from seeing him in spring training that he was a special
    player.At the time, Suzuki did not come cheaply. Seattle paid $13 million just
    to secure his rights, and signed him to a three-year, $14 million contract. The
    Mariners got their moneys worth and then some.Suzuki, better known just by his
    first name, has long prided himself in preparation.So much so that Piniella had
    been around no other player like him, with that meticulous stretching before
    stepping into the batters box to the foot rubdowns he gave himself at his locker
    with a small wooden tool before and after games.dddddddddddd had never seen it,
    quite frankly. I was quite amazed by the things that he did, the stretching
    especially, Piniella said. Here in the United States, we go through a rigorous
    spring training, but once the season starts prior to the games we have our
    stretching exercises and then the kids play.He took it to a totally different
    level. He was fanatical about that and thats probably one of the big reasons
    that hes playing here at age 42, he said.That first season was a memorable one
    for many reasons. The Mariners won an AL-record 116 games, clinching the
    division shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Yet Seattle failed to
    reach the World Series, losing in five games of the AL Championship Series to
    the Yankees.Still, Suzuki won AL Rookie of the Year and MVP. Suzukis ability to
    beat out infield hits at times left Piniella shaking his head.He did have a
    special year. The team had a special year that year, Piniella said. We won 116
    games and Ichiro was a big part of it. Ichiro was a special player. He had
    really good speed, he had that uncanny ability to put the ball in play. In the
    outfield, he played as well as you can expect, great throwing arm. He made the
    adjustment to American baseball very quickly, became one of the leaders in our
    clubhouse and was accepted by the players. He had a tremendous impact on our
    team that year.Hes going for his 3,000th hit now, and Im so proud of him. Hes
    had just a wonderful career. I look forward to the time when hell be inducted
    into the Hall of Fame, he said.Some of the most memorable hits by the 10-time
    All-Star didnt even count.In 2007, Suzuki hit the first inside-the-park home run
    in All-Star game history, winning unanimous MVP honors and helping the American
    League to a 5-4 victory at San Franciscos AT&T Park with a go-ahead, two-run
    drive that took a crazy bounce off the right-field wall.Hed never hit an
    inside-the-park homer during his decorated career in Japan.Hes an amazing guy,
    Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. You just take age out of the equation and if
    you just looked at him as a player, if you evaluated just what you see, not
    thinking about age, you see a guy that runs above average, plays all three
    outfield spots, throws above average, hits lefties and righties.His work habits
    and everything else, for me, just set him apart.---AP Baseball Writer Mike
    Fitzpatrick in New York contributed to this report. ' ' '