Congratulations to Hideki Matsui on his 500th career professional home run.
Ichiro combined for well over 3000 hits in both leagues. And now Matsui has done the same with 500 homers.
It seems clear now that Ichiro, because his batting average, speed and defense did not diminish when he came over to America will be the more revered player by historians and fans in both countries. Though for a large part of their careers, the opposite was true.
[Photo from the Merced Sun Star]