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Pete Rose isn't counting Ichiro's Japan hits toward record

Pete Rose (FOX19 NOW/file) Pete Rose (FOX19 NOW/file)

Pete Rose's 4,256 Major League Baseball hits is a record that may never be broken. Or will it? 

Ichiro Suzuki has 2,977 MLB hits to go along with his 1,278 hits in nine seasons in Japan. Add up the hits and the Miami Marlins 42-year-old outfielder is one hit shy of tying Rose's major league record.

"It sounds like in Japan, they're trying to make me the Hit Queen," Rose told USA Today Sports. "I'm not trying to take anything away from Ichiro -- he's had a Hall of Fame career -- but the next thing you know, they'll be counting his high school hits."

Suzuki is close to the 3,000-hit MLB milestone in the United States.  One of baseball's most sacred numbers.

He needs 23 more hits for that accomplishment.  He could do it when he plays the Cincinnati Reds 23 games from now.

Suzuki is a two-time American League batting champion and 2001 AL MVP, who broke the major-league record with 262 hits in 2004.

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