Arlington, Texas – Kurt Suzuki’s children tell him it’s time to retire.
“They were excited to see me on TV,” Angels Catcher said Tuesday. “Now they want me at home. That’s what happens when you know. I have said from the beginning that family always comes first. It comes first no matter what. The game will tell you, but your family will tell you too.”
Suzuki, 38, revealed what many suspected when he said he plans to make it a career later this season.
Angels manager was Phil Nevin Suzuki’s retirement signs over the weekend, but Suzuki itself did not disclose the news until Tuesday.
“I think it’s time,” said Suzuki. “I’ve scored great runs, won a World Series, the All-Star Game. Played 16 seasons. I’ve achieved so many things I never would have dreamed of. I thought it was time for the next chapter. My three kids, they only know baseball.”
A native of Hawaii, Suzuki played at Cal State Fullerton. He won a World Series with the Washington Nationals in 2019 and appeared in an All-Star Game in 2014 representing the Minnesota Twins. His batting average is .255 and .702 OPS. He has played 1,632 games with the Oakland A, Nationals, Twins, Atlanta Braves and Angels.
Suzuki began his career with the A, and he would end it in Oakland. Suzuki is expected to start one of the Angels games in Oakland in a three-game series at the end of the season.
That series was supposed to start the season, before the schedule was rescheduled due to the lockdown.
“It’s kind of crazy how it works like this,” Suzuki said. “We were supposed to end at home, but now we’re ending in Oakland, where I started my career. It ended great.”
Suzuki has not played before a stint on the bereavement list since August 28. Ever since he returned, the Angels have given him some extra work to do to make up for the time he lost. He used that time to see Matt Thays behind the plate.
Although Suzuki’s career ended with a disappointing offensive season – he was hitting .179 with .562 OPS – he is still considered a positive influence in the clubhouse, especially with pitchers and young catchers.
“He means a lot to this organization,” Nevin said. “He’s been a great teammate here for a few years. He’s not going to shy away from baseball, I can tell you this. He’s going to be a big part of it, whether he’s doing the same thing that I do.” or in the front office. He’s too good for this game.”
Suzuki, whose children are 11, 8 and 6, said that he is going to do some coaching at “Torrance Little League” first. In addition, he is ready for some kind of role in the game. Suzuki’s relationship with Angles general manager Perry Minassian goes back to his days with the Atlanta Braves, and he said he would talk to Minassian “wherever I can help”.
The Angels called on left-hander Rob Zastrezny (pronounced za-striz-knee) and picked right-hander Jose Marte. Zastrzynny allowed two earned runs in eight innings with Salt Lake as the Angels claimed him on a waiver last month. He has a career span of 4.54 ERAs in 35-2/3 innings with the Mets and Chicago Cubs. ,
Left-arm Tucker Davidson, who will have nine days to go when he picks up the ball on Wednesday, said he used the extra time to convert his delivery. Davidson said it is a more repetitive delivery which should help him stay in line with the plate and improve his control. Davidson has scored 6.3 hitters per nine innings this season, with the Braves and Angels.
Angels (LHP Tucker Davidson, 2-6, 6.96) at Rangers (RHP Dan Dunning, 3-8, 4.49), Wednesday, 5:05 pm, Bally Sports West, 830 am