posted on May, 2 2005 @ 11:49 AM
Ichiro hit .356 in April, 68 points higher than his career average for the first month, and an eye-popping 101 points better than the sluggish .244 he
had in 2004. His 36 hits last month were 10 more than he had in April last year. Ichiro, whose final .372 average last year was about 20 hits shy of
.400, discussed his chances of doing what no one has done since Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941. "It has been many years since anyone hit .400," he
said. "I don't know if I'll ever do it. I just want to be a player people say has a chance. But it is probably best that no one does it, then no one
expects it can be done." Mariners hitting coach Don Baylor suggested last year that if Ichiro could hit .350 in April he could hit .400 for the
season. Baylor has not changed his mind.