ARLINGTON, TX – Kurt Suzuki’s kids tell him it’s time to retire.
“They were excited to see me on TV,” Catcher Angels said on Tuesday. “Now they want me home. That’s kind of when you know. I’ve said from the start, family is always first. That comes first no matter what. The game will tell you, but your family will also tell you.”
Suzuki, 38, revealed what many suspected when he said he plans to call it a career at the end of this season.
Angels manager was Phil Nevin Alluded to Suzuki’s retirement Over the weekend, however, Suzuki didn’t reveal the news himself until Tuesday.
“I feel like it’s time,” Suzuki said. “I’ve had an amazing career, winning a world championship, an All-Star Game. I played 16 seasons. I accomplished a lot of things I never would have dreamed of. I felt like it was time for the next chapter. My three kids, all they knew was baseball.”
A native of Hawaii, Suzuki played for California State Fullerton. He won the World Championships with the Washington Nationals in 2019 and appeared in the All-Star Game representing the Minnesota Twins in 2014. He has a hit average of 0.25 and a .702 OPS. He played 1,632 games with the Oakland A, Nationals, Twins, Atlanta Braves & Angels.
Suzuki started his career with an A, and will finish it in Auckland. Suzuki is expected to start one of the Angels’ matches in Auckland in the three-game series ending the season.
Before the schedule was reworked due to the shutdown, that series was supposed to start the season.
“It’s kind of crazy how things went like this,” Suzuki said. “We were supposed to finish at home, but now we’re ending up in Auckland, which is where my career began. It ended great.”
Suzuki hasn’t played since August 28, before serving a stint on the bereavement list. Since his return, the angels have given him some time to do some extra work to make up for the time he missed. They used that time to catch a glimpse of Matt Thays behind the painting.
Although Suzuki’s career ends with a disappointing offensive season—hitting the .179 with a .562 OPS—he is still considered a positive influence at the club, particularly with young shooters and hunters.
“It means a lot to this organization,” Nevin said. “He’s been a great teammate here for a few years. He’s not going away from baseball, I can tell you. He’s going to be a huge part of him, whether he’s doing the same thing I do or in the front office. He’s very good for this game.”
Suzuki, whose kids are 11, 8 and 6, first said he would be doing some training in the Torrance Little League. Moreover, he is open to some kind of roles in the game. Suzuki’s relationship with Angles general manager Perry Minasian goes back to their days with the Atlanta Braves, and he has said he’ll talk to Minasian about “wherever I can help.”
The angels summoned Rob Zastrizny from the left hand (pronounced za-STRIZ-knee) and the right hand chose Jose Mart. Zastryzny had allowed two runs won in eight runs with Salt Lake since the Angels asked him for waivers last month. He has a career 4.54 ERA in 35-2/3 innings with the Mets and Chicago Cubs. …
Left-handed Tucker Davidson, who will have nine days between start when he takes the ball on Wednesday, said he used the extra time to change his delivery method. Davidson said a more repeatable delivery would help him stay in line with the board and improve his control. Davidson has walked 6.3 hitters all nine innings this season, with the Braves and Angels.
Angels (LHP Tucker Davidson, 2-6, 6.96) at Rangers (RHP Dane Dunning, 3-8, 4.49), Wednesday, 5:05 p.m., Bally Sports West, 830 a.m.