Suzuki to retire after A’s series

CALLING IT QUITS — Angels catcher Kurt Suzuki speaks before the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Sept. 21. Suzuki, the primary catcher for Shohei Ohtani, said he plans to retire after a 16-year career. Kyodo News photo

ARLINGTON, Texas  — Veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki of the Angels said winning the World Series with Washington in 2019 was a big factor in the 38-year-old’s decision to retire after the season, the Associated Press reported Sept. 21.

The 2014 All-Star, 38, said spending more time with his children was equally important.

A native of Wailuku, Hawai‘i, Suzuki has played with five teams over 16 seasons, beginning with the Oakland A’s from 2007 through part of 2012 and again for part of the 2013 season.

In addition to the Athletics, Suzuki has also played for the Washington Nationals, Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves. He won a World Series with the Nationals in 2019.

A career .255 hitter with 143 homers and 729 RBIs, Suzuki made his lone All-Star Game appearance in 2014 as a member of the Twins.

The Angels finish the season at Oakland Oct. 3-5, where he had his longest stint at seven years.

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