This is a big record, just too bad most casual fans don't seem to care about it because A.) Mariners are a last place team and B.) all but about 45 of those hits are all singles.
Singles make the box scores, singles win games, but singles don't make the hightlight films. Shows you how bad this Mariner team is, a guy that has broken the record for most singles in a season has been batting 3rd at times in their line-up order, that's pretty bad.
Only thing I don't like, is the Ichiro for MVP arguments. Sorry, but a guy on a last place team hitting singles all game isn't the league MVP. A-Rod winning it last year opened up a can of worms with people now thinking that team records don't matter and anyone having a great year could win it.
AL MVP is going to Sheff or Manny, NL MVP SADLY will go to Barry Bonds, although a team that is going to win the division over Bonds' Giants has a guy that means everything to his team batting .340 with 47 HR's.