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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.

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Brent Stecker

Brent Stecker is the assistant editor of 710Sports.com and additionally provides coverage of Husky football and the Mariners for the site. He joined the MyNorthwest team in 2013 after six years of covering sports for The Wenatchee World. Hailing from Ephrata, Wash., he is also an avid musician. Follow Brent: @Stecker710

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