Forget about the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Ichiro Suzuki bagged that puppy back in May with a 23-game hitting streak. The million-dollar question is: Who will win the AL MVP Award? Ichiro has a shot at becoming the first rookie since Fred Lynn in 1975 to garner the honor.
The Mariners’ right fielder undoubtedly has the credentials. He led the AL in batting (.350) and steals (56), scored 127 runs and had more hits (242) than anyone in 71 years. By the All-Star break, he arguably had become baseball’s most popular player.