Suzuki started with the Yankees on July 22, 2012. His batting average, in his partial season with New York, peaked at 322, with five home runs, 27 RBIs and 14 stolen bases, in 67 games. His performance helped the Yankees seal the American League East, title.
Jan. 16, Japan Today reports, Suzuki is fired up and looking forward to the 2013 season. “Signing with the Yankees has given me a new sense of determination,” the 39-year-old outfielder said after a workout in Kobe (Japan). “This is a unique team, a team that can have a player like Alex Rodriguez as a pinch hitter is special and to be part of that is exciting.”
Before becoming a New York Yankee, Suzuki played ball with the Seattle Mariners from 2001-2011. Prior to the Mariners' he played professional baseball in Japan. Suzuki was a key player in the World Baseball Classic, Japan, winning both 2006 and 2009 series.
Suzuki was asked how doe's he feel about his turning 40-years-old in 2013? In response, "Ichiro bristled when asked about turning 40 in October. “It’s annoying to be asked about age.”