The MLB has terminated the career of a veteran catcher who won a World Series. Kurt Suzuki The recently reported the Orange County Register that he’s retiring from baseball after a 16-year career. The 39-year-old had spent the 2021-2022 seasons playing for the Los Angeles Angels. A special tribute was given to him on his birthday, Oct. 4, when he retired from baseball.
“It was special,” Suzuki claimed, per MLB.com. “It was a pretty cool experience with the fans, obviously. This is where I started. They’re great and they’re into it. I loved the fans and will always love the fans. It was a special moment to walk off the field for the last time and catch my last pitch. It still hasn’t really hit me.”
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Before the seasons ended Angeles interim Manager Phil Nevin expressed his appreciation for Suzuki’s work for the Angels. “He means a lot to this organization,”Nevin stated. “He’s been a great teammate here for a couple of years. He’s not going to be away from baseball, I can tell you that. He’s going to be a big part of it, whether he’s doing the same thing I’m doing or in the front office. He’s too good for this game.”
Suzuki started his MLB career in Oakland Athletics. He was there for almost seven seasons, before being traded to Nationals. He spent a year in Washington before being traded to the Athletics. After that, he was back with the Nationals. There he won a World Series title in 2019, and also spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and again with the Nationals. Suzuki was an All-Star in 2014 while he was with Twins. Suzuki hit.288 that season. He also had three home runs and 61 RBIs.
Suzuki, 38, has decided to retire because his children wanted him not to continue playing baseball. “They used to be excited to watch me on TV,”He said. “Now they want me at home. That’s kind of when you know. I’ve said from the beginning, family is always first. That comes first no matter what. The game will tell you, but also your family will tell you.”