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Alex Ramirez becomes first foreigner to pass 2,000 Japanese baseball hits

Alex Ramirez has become the first foreign player in Japanese baseball history to pass the 2,000 hit mark.

The Venezuelan completed the feat during the Yokohama BayStars' 6-3 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at the Jingu Stadium.

"Before I touched first base and I heard the people yelling, I thought, 'I did it. It's done'. The first thing that came to my mind was 'thank you God'."

Ramirez was praised by his teammates after the game, with Tony Blanco saying that "he's the greatest".
"That's something special. A foreign hitter to get 2,000 hits in Japan... he's going to be number one for a long time. I'm so happy for him," he told the Japan Times.

Ramirez started his career in Major League Baseball at the Cleveland Indians before moving on to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2000. He then signed a contract with Yokohama in Nippon Professional Baseball.

Written by Mark Smith