Ichiro Cut Like A Boxer For Big


IchiroIchiro remains lean and mean and has been earmarked for another All-Star year in 2011 by his trainer after the Seattle leadoff man underwent his preseason physical on Friday.

Mariners trainer Takayoshi Morimoto revealed Saturday that Ichiro, who turns 38 in October, has all of 6% body fat.

 





‘‘You couldn’t tell that he was 37 years old just by looking at his body,’’ Morimoto said of Ichiro, a day before he was to report to spring training for his 11th season with the Mariners.

‘‘There’s just absolutely nothing wrong with him.’‘

Ichiro can claim sole ownership of the major league record for most 200-hit seasons if he tops the mark again this year. He currently shares the record at 10 with Pete Rose, who last year said Ichiro was lucky to get as many infield hits in his career as he has.

In each of his first 10 seasons in the majors, Ichiro has batted .300, won a Gold Glove and been named to the All-Star team.

Morimoto said usually, players start to show some signs of physical wear and tear after turning 30, but the notion has not applied to Suzuki, who also played nine seasons in Japan with the Orix BlueWave before arriving stateside.

Morimoto said Ichiro, who will start the fourth year of a five-year, $90 million contract, is nothing short of a medical marvel.

‘‘Players in their 20s are competing against Ichiro,’’ Morimoto said. ‘‘He’s off the charts for an athlete in his 30s.’’