SEATTLE -- Derek Jeter said that Ichiro Suzuki has been a player he has admired from afar for years, and he's excited for the chance to share a clubhouse as Yankees teammates.
"He's done some great things in the 11 1/2 years he's been in the league," Jeter said. "Offensively, defensively, on the bases; there are a lot of different ways he can beat you. He's been as consistent as any player for a long time now."
Jeter said that he respects Ichiro's string of 10 seasons with 200 hits or more, and the admiration of those hitting skills seems to be mutual.
"He's a guy who's not only been able to perform for a long time, but consistently perform for a long time," Ichiro said. "To be able to do what he's done in there makes me see that he's exceptional -- not just potential-wise as a talent, but also as a human being."
Jeter said that he has gotten to know Ichiro a little bit over the years, especially when they have been joined as teammates on the American League All-Star squad, and noted that Ichiro's English has improved.
"He's got a fun personality," Jeter said. I've always enjoyed speaking with him, whether it's at the All-Star Game or second base. I don't know him well, but from what I've gotten to know, I've enjoyed our conversations throughout the years."