MIAMI -- White Sox closer David Robertson hurried out to the field before batting practice on Saturday afternoon to congratulate an old teammate.
Shortly thereafter, Miami Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was howling in laughter after a quick visit with his former teammate. Robertson wanted to acknowledge Suzuki, who last Sunday became the 30th player in major league history to reach the 3,000-hit mark. He joked with Suzuki, whose locker was next to his in the New York Yankees clubhouse from 2012-14.
“I told him I was glad that he got it before I got here so I didn’t have to face him with him at 2,999,” Robertson said.
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Suzuki, 42, has suggested he’d like to play until he’s at least 50. Robertson said the 10-time All-Star’s build makes that a possibility. Suzuki has a .782 OPS in 239 plate appearances this season, his best production since 2012.
“He’s in excellent shape,” Robertson said. “He has always been like that. He takes care of himself. He prides himself at how well he plays the game and he’s a professional at every level. He’s an intense competitor. I felt fortunate I got to play with him and see him still in his prime.
“If anybody could do it, it would be him. He’s in great shape and definitely could still do it. He still flies. He still runs. He does everything the right way.”