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Miami Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki steps out of the visitors dugout to be honored by Seattle Mariners players and executives for his 3,000 hit milestone in a pre-game ceremony before a baseball game against the Mariners, his former team, Monday, April 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Video: Ichiro receives standing ovation in return to Safeco Field

Ichiro Suzuki will always be a fan favorite at Safeco Field.

That was put to the test on Monday night as he came to the plate as a member of the visiting Miami Marlins, and there was no question that the fans in Seattle still love the former Mariners great. The crowd at Safeco gave No. 51 a long standing ovation prior to his first at-bat, his first in Seattle since the 2014 season and first time as a Marlin.

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Ichiro grounded out during the at-bat, but he later flashed one of his trademarks: a laser for an arm, which prevented the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger from scoring from second base on a single to him in left field.

The Mariners also honored Ichiro with a pregame celebration to honor him reaching the 3,000-hit mark in the major leagues last season. They’ll give him the spotlight once more Wednesday with a giveaway of a bobblehead that features him both as a Mariner and as a Marlin.