Kurt Suzuki is one of not too many Japanese Americans who have achieved the goal of being a professional pitcher. At 34 years of age, the Atlanta Braves catcher is widely regarded as arguably the best catcher the game of baseball has ever seen. He is obviously enjoying the best time of his ten-year professional career since making his Major League Baseball debut in 2007. His catches and impressive throws are some of the reasons why the Atlanta Braves are at a peak this season, going into every game as favorites with the expectation of beating the opposition.
Kurt Suzuki Biography
Kurtis Kiyoshi Kurt Suzuki Kurt Suzuki, known as Kurt Suzuki is a professional baseball catcher, he throws with his right hand and also bats on his right hand. Suzuki wears the number 24 jersey for his current team Atlanta Braves. He was born as the son of Warren Suzuki and Kathleen Suzuki on October 4, 1983, in Wailuku, Hawaii, and attended Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in Wailuku, Hawaii. Like most athletes in the United States today who played a certain sport in high school before turning pro, Zuk, as his nickname is, played baseball in high school. After graduating from Henry Perrine Baldwin High School in 2001, Zuk then moved to the State University of California, Fullerton, where he studied the played baseball and played for the California State Fullerton Titans baseball team.
Kurt was on the California State Fullerton Titans baseball team that won the 2004 College World Series Championship, and Kurt was thanked for his incredible performance that helped win the championship against the Texas Longhorns. However, his efforts were rewarded with the 2004 Jonny Bench Award for Best College Catcher in the United States. He also received other awards that same year, was selected by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America for the All-American Award, and was a pioneer to win the first Brooks Wallace Award ever.
Kurt Suzuki’s incredible achievements in college never went unnoticed, playing half a season for Vancouver Canadians’ national single-A team. He played 46 games, beat an average of .297, and made only one mistake. In 2005, he played his first full season in the Minor League with the single-A team, the Stockton Ports. He made 114 plays with an average of .277, made 12 home runs, 65 RBI, and 0.440 slugging percentages.
In 2006, he joined the double-A team, Midland RockHounds, and in 2007 he started the season with the triple-A team, Sacramento River Cats. On June 9, 2007, at the age of 23 years and 8 months, Kurt Suzuki officially joined Major League Baseball Team Oakland Athletics, becoming the 16,728th player to make his debut in Major League Baseball history. However, he made his Major League Baseball debut against Houston Astros on June 12, 2007. He came into the game as a replacement for Adam Melhuse, who was transferred to the Texas Ranger.
Kurt came to Oakland Athletics to support old and experienced catcher Jason Kendall until Kendall transferred to the Chicago Cubs on July 16th, when Kurt Suzuki became Oakland Athletics’ first-team catcher. Kurt Suzuki pitched for Oakland Athletics until August 2012 when he was transferred to the Washington National Team. Later he returned to Oakland Athletics in August 2013.
For his third major league baseball team, he signed with the Minnesota Twins in December 2013. While playing for the Minnesota Twins, he was awarded a place in the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and signed for his current team, the Atlanta Braves, on January 30, 2017. In his first season with the Atlanta Braves, Kurt Suzuki played for a decade professionally in Major League Baseball. Kurt is supported by the MVP sports group and his agent is Dan Lozano.
Kurt Suzuki’s 2018 stats:
• At bat – 151
• Homerun – 7
• Stolen Base – 0
• Batting Average – .272
• Run Batted In – 23
• On-Base Percentage and Slugging – .802
Kurt Suzuki’s Major League Baseball career stats
• Batting Average – .272
• Stolen Base – 19
• Homerun – 109
• Run Batted In – 592
• On-Base Percentage and Slugging – .699
Wife, Family Facts
Kurt Suzuki is married to the former Californian university volleyball player Renee Vignität. Kurt first met his wife at the State University of California, Fullerton. They married in January 2007 and together with his wife Renee he founded the Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation in 2012.
Kurt and Renee both have 3 children together, Malia Grace Suzuki their first child and only daughter, born April 28, 2011, their second child and first son, Kai Suzuki, born November 4, 2013, and the last of their children is their second son Elijah Suzuki, born July 12, 2016.
Kurt Suzuki is a Japanese in the fourth generation, his father is named Warren Suzuki, and his mother Kathleen Suzuki.
Kurt Suzuki Contract and Salary
Kurt Suzuki was originally signed on January 30th as a freelancer for Atlanta Braves, In 2017, the parties agreed on a one-year agreement and from 2018, both parties agreed to extend the contract for a further year. His current contract with Atlanta Braves guarantees him an annual salary of $3,500,000 until the end of 2018.