I'm curious to know if Ichiro is a lock for the Hall of Fame? Matt over at Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius is keeping a daily update of the pursuit of 200 hits. We won't talk about the second part of the quest for 100 losses. It got me to thinking after a four hit night that now leaves him within 3 hits to reach 200. After this season, Ichiro will have the required 10 years of MLB service to be eligible for the Hall. With his 1434 hits in Japan and 2200+ hits in the Majors, is he a lock for the Hall is he doesn't for some reason make the 3000 hit plateau? I would assume the numbers would make him a first ballot lock to make it, but I would like to know what the rest of the world thinks. I want to extend an early congratulations to Ichiro for soon having 10 consecutive years of 200+ hits. He has been one of the few bright spots in the Northwest this year.