Kurt Kiyoshi Suzuki...On Twitter: @kurtsuzuki...Kurt and his wife, Renee, have a daughter Malia, and two sons, Kai and Elijah...Graduated from H.P. Baldwin HS (HI) in 2001...Attended Cal State Fullerton, where he won the Johnny Bench Award following 2004 season as the nation’s top collegiate catcher...Led Fullerton to College World Series championship in 2004…His two-out RBI single in bottom of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie to lead Titans to a 3-2 win over Texas in the championship game...Played in Arizona Fall League following 2005 season...Hosted inaugural Kurt Suzuki Baseball Clinic in Maui in 2012 to raise awareness for the All PONO Sports Organization, which promotes healthy lifestyles and exercise for children in Hawaii, as well as teaching baseball fundamentals...Started Kurt Suzuki Family Foundation in 2011 to support scientific research of chronic illnesses–specifically kidney disease research– and encourage and promote healthy lifestyle choices...Is an ambassador for NephCure Foundation...Along with his wife, raised over $61,000 for the Jon Wilhite Recovery Fund to help alleviate medical costs accrued by his friend and former Cal State Fullerton teammate who was injured in the tragic car accident that took the lives of Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart, Courtney Stewart and Henry Pearson in 2009.
Appeared in 72 games for Angels, as part of catching tandem with Max Stassi...Finished year with hits in 19 of his final 31 games with a plate appearance...Registered a six-game hit streak from Sept. 15-29 and batted .364 (8/22) with three extra-base hits in that span.
Appeared in 33 games for Nationals, as part of catching platoon with Yan Gomes...Reached base safely in a career-high 18 straight games, Aug. 7-Sept. 8... Recorded a career-high 12 game hitting streak, Aug. 8-Sept. 2...Ranked among N.L. catchers (min. 125 PA) in average (3rd, .270), on-base percentage (4th, .349), slugging percentage (5th, .396), and OPS (5th, .745)...Hit .345 (10-for-29) vs. left-handed pitchers.
In his return to Washington, Suzuki hit .264 with 11 doubles, 17 homers, 63 RBI, 20 walks and 37 runs scored in 85 games...He ranked among National League catchers in RBI (5th, 63) and home runs (6th, 17)...Ranked tied for second in MLB in two outs w/RISP AVG (.417)...Capped dramatic six-run, ninth inn. comeback win on Sept. 3 with a walk-off homer off Edwin Díaz...Hit game-tying pinch hit homer, May 4 at Philadelphia (Morgan)...His 63 RBI were his most since 2010 (71)...Hit safely in 47 of his 70 starts...Was 23-for-67 (.343) with four doubles, four homers, 20 RBI against left-handed pitching...Posted a .515 slugging percentage (7 2B, 11 HR) before the All-Star break...Hit his first career Postseason home run in Game 2 of the World Series (James)...Was a solo shot in the seventh inning to put the Nationals ahead, 3-2.
In his 12th Major League season, hit .271 with 24 doubles, 12 homers, 50 RBI, 22 walks and 45 runs scored in 105 games during his second season in Atlanta...Recorded a 3.80 catcher ERA, the sixth-best mark in the National League...Finished the season strong...Went 30-for-91 (.330) with seven doubles, four homers, 14 RBI, four walks and 13 runs scored in 30 games from Aug. 9 through the end of the season... Appeared in all four games of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers...Started games two and three.
Completed his 11th MLB season in his first year with Atlanta…Batted .283 (78-for-276) with a career-high 19 home runs in 81 games…Also reached base at a career-best .351 mark and had his second highest slugging percentage at .536... Started 71 games behind the plate and committed just three errors in 598 total chances for a .995 fielding percentage…Among qualifying catchers, his .995 fielding percentage would have ranked tied for sixth in the majors... Slugged a career-most 19 home runs in just 276 at-bats (14.53 AB/HR) on the season...Hit doubledigits in the home run category for the first time since the 2011 season... From 7/1 through the end of the season, Suzuki homered once every 10.87 at-bats, the sixth-best rate in the majors over that span (minimum 150 at-bats)...Only Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Rhys Hoskins, Joey Gallo and Aaron Judge homered more frequently than Suzuki in that time frame... Posted three multi-homer games, taking his career total to five...He was one of four catchers with three multi-homer efforts in 2017, joining CHI's Willson Contreras, NYY's Gary Sánchez and SEA's Mike Zunino... Ended the season with an eight-game hitting streak…Hit .424 (14-for-33) with four home runs and eight RBI…Had a 1.290 OPS during the run which started on 9/19... Hit two home runs on 9/22 to extend his careerbest home run total to 18...Stroked his 18th home run in his 255th at-bat of the season…Hit 15 home runs over 570 at-bats during his previous career-high season in 2009. Had eight home runs in 11 July games… Hit one home run in his first 19 games of the season... Hit 15 home runs from 7/1 through the end of the season, the most of any player on the club in that time span...Homered in a career-best three consecutive games, 8/19-8/25... After snapping a 0-for-18 skid with a two-hit game on 6/14, hit .316 (59-for-187) with 16 home runs over his final 51 games…Had 34 RBI and a .975 OPS in this stretch... Closed out the season batting .364 (24-for-66) with seven extra-base hits, nine RBI and a .400 on-base percentage in 17 September games... Batted .345 (20-for-58) with a .776 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching... Eleven of his 32 extra-base hits came against lefties, despite having 160 more at-bats against righties... Teamed with fellow catcher Tyler Flowers to place in the top five among MLB catching tandems in several offensive categories including batting average (3rd, .283), home runs (T3rd, 30), on-base percentage (2nd, .364) and RBI (4th, 98).
In his third season with Minnesota, tied for sixth in the AL with 99 games behind the plate...Served as the club's Opening Day catcher, the eighth time in his career to start the opener as catcher (three with Twins, five with Oakland)...Recorded his 1,000th career hit 5/22 vs. TOR, singling off Marcus Stroman...Hit pinch-hit home run 6/18 vs. NYY, a solo shot off Aroldis Chapman…The blast marked his third career pinch-hit homer and first since 2008...Set season-high and tied career-high with four hits 6/21 vs. PHI…Recorded six RBI to set a career-high...Recorded his 500th career RBI, 7/8 at TEX...Is one of six active catchers to reach that milestone...Finished with eight home runs, the third most of his career and most since hitting 14 in 2011 with Oakland...Hit .295 (26-for-88) with runners in scoring position...Hit .258 (89-for-345) with 24 doubles on the season; ranked third among American League catchers in doubles and batting average (minimum 200 at-bats).
Began second season with Twins and was club's Opening Day catcher, the seventh time in his career to start the Opener at catcher (2 with Twins, 5 with Oakland)....Homered in consecutive games for the eighth time in his career and first time since 2010, April 16 vs. Kansas City and April 18 vs. Cleveland....Recorded 900th career hit May 13 at Detroit, doubling off Kyle Lobstein... Played in 1,000th career game May 14 at Detroit. A Hit safely in season-high six straight June 14-20.... Hit walk-off single August 1 vs. Seattle, the fifth walk-off hit for the Twins on the season and ninth of his career... Hit 200th career double August 27 at Tampa Bay... Hit .290 (36-for-124) with runners in scoring position and .308 (16-for-52) with RISP and two outs.... Caught 130 games (123 starts), the third most of his career and most since 2009 (135)...130 games ranked second in the AL, trailing Salvador Perez (139) and third in baseball, trailing Perez and Yadier Molina (134)...most games caught for a Twin since 2008, when Joe Mauer caught 135.
Made Twins debut March 31 at Chicago-AL, hitting second and catching, going 2-for-4 with three RBI, becoming the first Twin to drive in three runs on Opening Day since Shannon Stewart drove in three April 5, 2004 vs. Cleveland...became the 11th Twin to ever drive in three-plus runs on Opening Day, and second in club history to do so in Twins debut; the other was Brant Alyea, who drove in seven in his first game as Twin April 7, 1970 at Chicago-AL, coincidentally the only other time in club history the Twins opened in Chicago...Recorded 19 RBI in March/April for an average of 3.32 at-bats-per-RBI, the highest among qualifiers in baseball...Set a Twins record for most RBI for a catcher in March/April, and his second most RBI of any month in his career (24 in September of 2009)...Hit first home run as Twin April 19 at Kansas City, a solo shot off Bruce Chen...Hit first career inside-the-park home run and 49th in Twins history May 20 at San Diego; first for a Twin since Joe Mauer July 21, 2007 vs. Los Angeles-AL...Hit safely in 13 straight home games June 4-July 6, hitting .431 (22-for-51) with seven doubles and nine runs scored during the streak...Hit safely in nine straight June 11-22, hitting .424 (14-for-33) during the span...Played in 900th career game June 22 vs. Chicago-AL...Pre-All-Star break, led all AL catchers in doubles (18) and batting average (.309), ranked second in hits (86), tied for second in RBI (37) and tied for fourth in walks (23)...Named to AL All-Star team for first time in career and was a reserve; caught the ninth inning, helping Glen Perkins earn the save...Became eighth catcher in club history to be named an All-Star, joining Earl Battey (1962, 63, 65, 66), John Roseboro (69), Butch Wynegar (76, 77), Dave Engle (84), Tim Laudner (88), A.J. Pierzynski (2002) and Joe Mauer (06, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13)...Tied season-high with nine-game hitting streak September 13-22, hitting .355 (11-for-31) with seven doubles and six RBI during the streak...Also doubled in six straight games September 13-19, the longest streak in baseball on the season...Ranked third on the Twins in hits (130), doubles (34) and RBI (61)...Hit .324 (36-for-111) with runners in scoring position, 12th best in the AL...Among catchers in the AL, he ranked first in batting average (.288), on-base percentage (.345) and doubles, fourth in hits, tied for fourth in walks (34), fifth in RBI, and tied for fifth in games (131)...Given the Bob Allison Award for Twins best leadership voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.
Started season with Washington... Tied career-high with 10-game hitting streak May 3-19 (last 2009), with exactly one hit in each game during the streak, tying the Nationals franchise record for consecutive games with exactly one hit (Shane Andrews, April 12-23, 1998 with Montreal)... Started 61 of the Nationals 84 games at catcher through July 3, then started just 12 of final 43 games with Washington before being traded to Oakland August 23 in exchange for pitcher Dakota Bacus... Hit .273 (18-for-66) with two home runs and 13 RBI in 28 games post-All-Star Break... Hit .303 (10-for-33) with two home runs and seven RBI in 15 games for the A's... Played 94 games overall, his fewest since his rookie season of 2007 (68)... Committed six errors, posting a .991 fielding percentage, which ranked fifth best among all catchers in baseball.
Was GM Mike Rizzo's key midseason acquisition en route to Washington claiming NL East crown...combined to hit .235 with 20 doubles, six homers and 43 RBI for the A's (75 games) and Nationals (43) in '12...batted .267 with five doubles, five homers and 25 RBI in 43 regular-season games with
Washington...finished 15-for-41 (.366) with four doubles, a homer, 20 RBI and seven walks with RISP during tenure with the Nationals...at time of trade, led qualified AL catchers in fielding percentage (.996), caught stealings (23) and caught-stealing percentage (38.3%)...posted 2 hits, including a solo homer, and 2 RBI in a 4-3 win on Sept. 2 vs. STL.
Batted .237 with 14 home runs and 44 RBI in 134 games...the batting average was a career low, as was
his .301 on-base percentage...had the sixth-lowest batting average in the American League and the 10th
lowest on-base percentage...however, his 14 home runs were the second-best total of his career and second most on the A's...has now reached double figures in home runs in each of his last three seasons...has 42 home runs and 191 RBI as a catcher over the last three years...the RBI are the most in the AL among catchers over that span and the home runs are second most (Mike Napoli, 48)...grounded into 14 double plays, which tied for the team lead...batted .260 over his first 37 games through May 17, .168 over his next 36 contests from May 18 to July 3 and .265 from July 4 through the end of the season...hit 12 of his 14 home runs off right-handed pitching...had a .416 slugging percentage against righties compared to .308 against lefties...13 of his 14 home runs were solo shots...seven came with two strikes...batted .204 with runners in scoring position, which was seventh lowest in the AL...had a .284 career average with RISP entering the season...was just 1-for-10 (.100) with the bases loaded and is 13-for-60 (.217) with the bases full in his career...made 127 starts at catcher, which ranked third in the AL...tossed out 23-of-121 (19.0%) attempted base stealers, which was the fourth-lowest percentage in the league...his 98 stolen bases allowed led the AL and ranked second in the majors (Brian McCann, ATL 104)...they tied for second most in Oakland history...has thrown out 73-of-402 (18.2%) in his career...went
5-for-51 (.091) in interleague play...entered the season with a .315 career average against the National
League...had just five multiple RBI games, all two RBI games...has not driven in more than two runs
in a game since July 25, 2010 when he had three against Chicago (AL)...has a streak of 190 consecutive
games with two RBI or less...led the A's with 40 starts batting seventh and 37 hitting eighth...hit .283
with seven home runs and 19 RBI when batting eighth.
OAKLAND: Made his fourth straight Opening Day start at catcher April 1 against Seattle...the four
starts are tied for second most by a catcher in Oakland history...Terry Steinbach holds the record with
nine...played in the 500th game of his career April 7 at Toronto...was on the paternity list from April
27-28 for the birth of his first child, Malia...drove in a run in each of his first five games following his
return, matching the longest such streak of his career...homered on an 0-2 pitch May 2 against Texas...
it was his seventh career home run on an 0-2 count...since pitch counts were tracked beginning in 1988,
that is tied for the most by an Oakland Athletic (McGwire and Tejada)...singled in the eighth inning
later that day against the Rangers for the 500th hit of his career...opponents were successful in 15
consecutive stolen base attempts from May 6-30 and he tossed out just 6-of-62 (9.7%) attempted base
stealers from May 6 to July 26...struck out twice May 13 against Chicago to snap a career-best streak of 17 games and 73 plate appearances without a strikeout...batted .188 with one RBI over a 24-game
stretch from May 18 to June 14...committed his first error of the season May 20, snapping a 78-game
errorless streak as a catcher dating back to his last miscue on Aug. 8, 2010...the streak was six short of
his career high of 84...doubled in the fourth inning May 22 against San Francisco for the 100th double
of his career...hit a two-run home run against Florida June 30, his only home run with a runner on base
all year...finished June with a .157 batting average, which was the lowest mark in the AL and second
lowest in the majors (Werth, WAS .154)...it was the third-lowest June batting average in Oakland history,
based on a minimum of 75 plate appearances (Billy Williams, .145 in 1976; Jason Giambi, .152 in
2009)...it was just the second time in his career he hit under .200 in a month (.185 in August, 2010)...
enjoyed his best month of the season in August when he batted .282 with five home runs and 10 RBI...
all three figures were his best single-month totals in 2011...had his second career two-homer game Aug.
17 against Baltimore (also June 3, 2010 at Boston)...that capped a 24-game streak from July 15-Aug. 17
where 14 of his 21 hits were for extra bases (nine doubles, five home runs)...matched his season high
with three hits Sept. 12 against Los Angeles, but went 5-for-37 (.135) over his final 13 games...appeared
in his 592nd game as a catcher Sept. 25 at Los Angeles, which moved him past Ramon Hernandez for
second most in Oakland history.
Continued to be one of the most durable catchers in the American League, tying for second among AL backstops with 121 starts, despite missing 19 games while on the disabled list and three on the bereavement list...has started 389 games at catcher over the last three seasons, which is second most in the majors behind Jason Kendall (398)...tied with Kevin Kouzmanoff for the team lead in RBI (71) and tied for second in home runs (13)...it marked the second consecutive season he led the club in RBI, as he became the first catcher in Athletics history to lead the team in RBI more than once...the only other time an A's catcher led the team in RBI was in 1944 (Frankie Hayes)... however, the RBI were second fewest by a team leader in Oakland history (Mitchell Page, 70 in 1978)...had career-highs in triples (2) and hit by pitches (12) but posted career lows with a .242 batting average, .303 on-base percentage and .366 slugging percentage...the batting average was ninth lowest in the AL and the on-base percentage was 10th lowest...ranked fourth in the AL in plate appearances per strikeout (11.10) and tied for fifth in hit by pitches and grounded into double plays (22)...in addition to RBI, he also led the team in hit by pitches, grounded into double plays and go-ahead RBI (21)...A's pitchers had a 3.27 ERA with him behind the plate, which was the lowest mark in the AL and third lowest in the majors...they had a 4.46 ERA with the other three catchers...ranked second among AL catchers in total chances (868) and putouts (825) and was third in games (123)...committed a career-high eight errors for a .991 fielding percentage, which ranked fourth lowest among the 14 AL qualifiers behind the plate...tossed out 10-of-76 (13.2%) attempted base stealers, which was the lowest percentage in Oakland history...the previous low was 15.1% by Jason Kendall in 2005...his caught stealing percentage was third lowest in the AL...has thrown out 50-of-281 (17.8%) in his career...ranked second among AL catchers in RBI (66) and tied for third in home runs (13)...the RBI were fourth best by a catcher in Oakland history...was batting .266 with 12 home runs and 46 RBI in 76 games over the first four months of the season...then hit .207 with one home run and 25 RBI over his final 55 games since Aug. 1...now has a .281 (305-for-1087) career average through July 31, .239 (172-for-721) from Aug. 1 through the end of the season...hit .213 against left-handed pitching and .253 with 11 of his 13 home runs against right-handers...now has a .228 (108-for-474) career average against lefties, compared to .277 (369-for-1334) against righties...was just 1-for-10 (.100) with the bases loaded...hit three home runs with an 0-2 count, which tied for the most in the majors...now has six career 0-2 homers...since pitch counts were tracked in 1988, only Mark McGwire and Miguel Tejada, with seven each, have more 0-2 homers as an Athletic ...batted .241 against the National League but has a .315 (57-for-181) career average in interleague play...in addition to his 121 starts at catcher, he also hit .259 in seven starts at designated hitter and was 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter...hit .222 in 59 starts batting third and .272 with nine of his 13 home runs in 48 starts hitting clean-up...also batted fifth 21 times...had a .338 average with one out and .198 with zero or two outs.
OAKLAND: Made his third straight Opening Day start at catcher, April 5 against Seattle...committed two errors, the first two-error game of his career...had his seventh career walk-off hit April 7 against Seattle, a double...it was his third walk-off double, which ties Terrence Long for the most in Oakland history... hit a three-run home run in the first inning April 22 against New York, then grounded into a triple play in the sixth inning...it was the seventh triple play turned against the A's in Oakland history, the first since Geronimo Berroa hit into one May 14, 1994 at Kansas City...was batting .254 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 17 games when was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 30, retroactive to April 24, with an intercostal strain...it was his first career stint on the DL and it marked the first time over the last three years he has gone more than two consecutive games without starting at catcher...went 3-for-8 (.375) with four runs, two doubles, a home run, five RBI and two walks in three starts at catcher on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento from May 11 to 15...was reinstated from the DL May 16 and started each of the A's first 11 games at catcher following his return, matching the longest consecutive games started streak at catcher of his career (June 6-18, 2008 and July 21-Aug. 2, 2008)...started 11 straight behind the plate again from June 21 to July 3...drove in the winning run May 18 against Seattle with a RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning...it was his second walk-off hit of the season and eighth of his career (three singles, three doubles, two home runs)...the eight walk-off hits are tied for third most in Oakland history...had a career best streak of four consecutive multiple hit games from June 1-4 (8-for-19, 421), including June 3 at Boston when he had his first career two-homer game...matched his career-high with four hits June 8 against Los Angeles and Aug. 28 at Texas and now has five career four-hit games....was placed on the bereavement list June 11, missing the three-game series at San Francisco before returning to action June 15...started 83 of the A's final 97 games at catcher but hit just .228 following his return...batted .292 with six home runs in June...the home runs tied for seventh in the AL and were his most ever in a month...is a .311 (88-for-283) career hitter in June with 13 home runs, both of those marks his best for any month of the season...agreed to terms on a four-year contract through the 2013 season with a club option for 2014, July 23...hit .128 (10 for 78) over a 22-game stretch from July 31 to Aug. 26, including a 0-for-22 streak from Aug. 19 to 26...the hitless streak was one short of his career-high (23, May 7-14, 2008)...batted .185 in August, which tied for third lowest in the AL and was the lowest one month average of his career...his previous low was .204 in July, 2007...homered in the final game of the season, Oct. 3 at Seattle, to snap a career long 56-game homerless streak...it was his first home run since July 28 at Texas.
Led American League catchers in games started for the second consecutive season (132) and continued to improve offensively...had career-highs in runs (74), hits (156), doubles (37), home runs (15), RBI (88), stolen bases (8) and slugging percentage (.421)...led the A's in hits, doubles, RBI, slugging, hit by pitches (8), sacrifice flies (7), multiple RBI games (20) and go-ahead RBI (18)...became just the second catcher in Athletics history to lead the club in RBI...the other was Frankie Hayes, who had 78 RBI for Philadelphia in 1944... the last A's catcher to lead the team in doubles was Hal Smith of the 1957 Kansas City A's (26)...led the A's in hits for the second consecutive season but his slugging percentage was the lowest ever by an Oakland team leader...struck out 59 times for an average of 10.41 plate appearances per strikeout...that was the sixth best ratio in the American League...however, walked just 28 times for an average of 21.93 plate appearances per walk, which was fifth highest in the AL...his .313 onbase percentage was the lowest of his three seasons...also tied for ninth in the AL in sacrifice flies and reaching base on an error (8)...in addition to games started, he also led AL catchers in innings (1173.1), putouts (923) and total chances (996)...tied for the lead in games (135), ranked second in assists (68) and was fourth in fielding percentage (.995)...the total chances were second most in Oakland history to Jason Kendall's record of 1044 in 2005 and the assists and fielding percentage were fourth best...however, tossed out just 17 of 98 (17.3%) attempted base stealers and that was the second lowest percentage by an Oakland catcher since 1974 (Kendall, 15.1% in 2005)...has thrown out 40 of 205 (19.5%) in his career...has started 324 of the A's 393 (82.4%) games behind the plate since Kendall was traded July 16, 2007...now has 342 games caught in his career, which is eighth most in Oakland history...was named as the third best defensive catcher in the AL in Baseball America's best tools survey...led AL catchers in doubles (34), RBI (83) and stolen bases (8), ranked second in runs (71) and third in hits (144)...the doubles were an Oakland record for a catcher, topping the previous mark of 31 set by Terry Steinbach in 1991...they were the most by an Athletics catcher since Mickey Cochrane had 35 in 1932...the RBI were second best by a catcher in Oakland history and the steals tied for third best...batted .311 on the road compared to .234 in Oakland...hit .245 with the bases empty and .310 with runners on...batted .293 before the All-Star Break and .251 after the break...however, had five home runs and 37 RBI in 79 games before the ASB and 10 home runs and 51 RBI in 68 games after the break...ranked eighth in the AL in post-break RBI...hit .297 with three home runs and nine RBI in 16 interleague games and now owns a .346 (44 for 127) career average against the National League with six home runs and 20 RBI in 35 games...has a .264 lifetime average against AL competition...combined for a .333 batting average in the eighth and ninth innings...batted .230 with six of his 15 home runs with two strikes...has hit 11 of his 29 career home runs with two strikes...in addition to his games at catcher, he also batted .306 in 10 games at designated hitter and was 1 for 4 (.250) with two walks, a hit by pitch and two RBI as a pinch hitter...is now 7 for 14 (.500) with a double, two home runs, six RBI, two walks and a hit by pitch in his career in the pinch...started games at every spot in the order except ninth and saw his most action with 33 games in the five spot, where he hit .299.
In his first full season in the majors, he led American League catchers in games (141) and games started (136) while hitting a team leading .279 for the A's...that was the lowest batting average by an A's team leader since Jeff Burroughs hit .277 in 1982...also led the A's in hits (148), hit by pitches (11), multiple hit games (36) and grounded into double plays (20) while tying Jack Cust for the team lead in games played (148)...became the first catcher to top the club in games since Jeff Newman in 1979 (143) and his games played were the fewest by an A's team leader since Scott Spiezio led the club with 147 games in 1997...had the fewest hits by an A's team leader in a non-strike season since Rickey Henderson in 1982 (143)...tied for seventh in the AL in hit by pitches and tied for 10th in GIDP...batted .241 over his first 45 games through May 24, hit .358 over a 51-game stretch from May 25 to July 28 and finished the year by compiling a .237 average over his final 52 games...hit .291 with six of his seven home runs and 37 of his 42 RBI against right-handed pitching and .246 against left-handers...batted .318 with five home runs and 28 RBI at home and .241 with two home runs and 14 RBI on the road...had the ninth best home batting average in Oakland history...hit .282 with runners in scoring position, but that dropped to .196 with RISP and two outs...was 1 for 13 (.077) with the bases loaded, the third lowest mark in the AL...was 5 for 8 (.625) with a double, two home runs and four RBI as a pinch hitter...tied for the AL lead in pinch home runs and tied for fifth in pinch hits...his batting average was the best among AL pinch hitters with five or more plate appearances...hit .389 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 interleague games and .267 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 133 games against the AL...in addition to leading AL catchers in games and games started, he also ranked first in innings caught (1215.0), total chances (986) and putouts (927)...ranked third among Major League catchers in games, games started and innings...his putout total was second best in Athletics history by a catcher to the record of 986 set by Jason Kendall in 2005...his innings were third best in Oakland history...tossed out 16 of 71 (22.5%) attempted base stealers...started games at every spot in the batting order except clean-up...hit .205 in 27 games batting first, .206 in nine games hitting third and .307 in all other spots in the order...had his first career four-hit game April 14 at Chicago...was batting .327 over his first 16 games before being inserted into the leadoff spot in the order April 18...batted leadoff in each of his next 20 starts through May 13 and hit .200 over that span...had a career long 0 for 23 streak from May 7 to 14...was 4 for 5 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI June 20 against Florida...the RBI were a career high and he matched his best in hits (second time)...became the second catcher in Oakland history with four hits and five RBI in one game (Gene Tenace, Sept. 14, 1973 vs. Texas)...three of the five RBI gave the A's the lead, including his third career walk-off RBI, a double in the 11th inning...is the first Oakland Athletic to have three go-ahead RBI in one game since the stat was tracked beginning in 1974...finished June with a .370 batting average, which ranked third best in the American League...then hit .326 in July...connected for his first career pinch hit home run July 10 against Seattle and it was the first by an Athletic since Adam Melhuse Aug. 28, 2006 vs. Boston...had the game-ending pinch hit home run Aug. 15 against Chicago, the first such home run by an Athletic since Scott Hatteberg Sept. 4, 2002 against Kansas City...it was his second career walk-off home run...the A's were 6-1 in games in which he homered...had the game-ending pinch hit double Aug. 28 against Minnesota, his second game-ending pinch hit of the season...is just the second player in Oakland history with two game-ending pinch hits in the same season...Frank Fernandez also had two in 1970, both home runs...it was the second game-ending pinch hit double in Oakland history (Tommy Davis, April 10, 1971 vs. Kansas City)...it was Suzuki's third game-ending hit of the season and the fifth of his career...it was his second game-ending double in 2008...the only other player in Oakland history with more than one game-ending double in his career is Terrence Long, who had three...missed consecutive games Sept. 23 and 24 at Texas following a collision at home plate Sept. 22...it marked the first time he went back-to-back games without a start since Jason Kendall was traded July 16, 2007.
Made his Major League debut with Oakland in June and spent five weeks as the backup to Jason Kendall before starting 56 of the A's final 70 games at catcher following the trade of Kendall on July 16...made 61 starts total behind the plate...since 1988, the only Oakland rookie to start more games at catcher is A.J. Hinch, who started 109 games in 1998...batted .249 with seven home runs and 39 RBI in 68 games overall with the A's...led the team with three sacrifice hits...hit .281 (45 for 160) against right-handed pitching and .151 (8 for 53) against left-handers...however, hit three of his seven home runs against southpaws...his average improved to .290 with runners in scoring position...was 4 for 9 (.444) with a grand slam and 10 RBI with the bases loaded...five of his seven home runs came with runners on base (three two-run, one three-run and one grand slam)...batted .288 with five of his seven home runs in the seventh inning or later...hit .229 over the first six innings of the game...batted .333 during 20 day games compared to .222 in 48 games at night...posted his best numbers against Detroit as he hit .414 with one home run and eight RBI in eight games against the Tigers...saw most of his action batting ninth where he made a team leading 47 starts...had six home runs from the nine spot in the order, which was third most in the American League...appeared in 66 games at catcher and tossed out 7 of 36 (19.4%) attempted basestealers...also made two starts at designated hitter and was 1 for 2 as a pinch hitter...hit .185 over his first 21 games through July 28, .312 over his next 28 games through September 2 and .212 over his final 19 games...had 11 RBI over his first 34 games through August 14 and 28 RBI over his final 34 games. Was selected from Triple-A Sacramento on June 10 and made his Major League debut on June 12 at Houston...grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his first at bat in the 10th inning...became the fourth Hawaiian born player to play for the Athletics, joining Shane Komine (2006), Ron Darling (1991-95) and Lenn Sakata (1986)...collected his first ML hit on June 14 at Houston, a pinch-hit single off Brian Moehler in the 11th inning of the A's 6-5 win...hit his first home run in his fourth game on June 19 against Cincinnati, a solo shot off Todd Coffey in the eighth inning...homered again in his next game on June 27 at Cleveland...had a five-game hitting streak from June 14 to July 1 (7 for 16, .438) that put his average at .412 after his first six games...then had a career-long 0 for 21 streak from July 2 to 20...caught Komine in the eighth and ninth innings on July 17 against Texas to become the first Hawaiian born battery in Major League history...had his first career walk-off home run on August 16 against Chicago, a three-run shot off Matt Thornton with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning in an 8-5 win...added a career-high four RBI...had his first career three-hit game on August 26 at Tampa Bay...matched his career high with four RBI on September 2 against Detroit...hit his first career grand slam in the second inning on September 10 at Seattle...the four RBI matched his career high...had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from September 16 to 26 (8 for 27, .296)...closed out the A's season with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning in the A's 3-2 win over Los Angeles on September 30...began the year at Sacramento where he batted .280 with three home runs and 27 RBI in 55 games...those were his first games ever at the Triple-A Level...hit .344 (22 for 64) against left-handed pitching and .252 (37 for 147) against right-handers...batted .327 on the road compared to .231 at home...hit .234 with runners in scoring position...batted .290 with all three of his home runs in 44 games at catcher and .238 with no home runs and four RBI in 11 games at designated hitter...tossed out 16 of 42 (38.1%) attempted basestealers...hit in every spot in the order except first, eighth and ninth and saw his most action with 33 games in the five spot...batted .306 over his first 32 games through May 11, went 5 for 39 (.128) over his next 10 games through May 23 and then hit .333 over his final 13 games...had three home runs and 22 RBI over his first 34 games and no home runs and five RBI over his final 21 games...had a season-best eight-game hitting streak from April 15 to 23 (10 for 27, .370)...had back-to- back three-hit games in his final two Triple-A contests on June 7 and 8 at Tucson.
Spent the entire season at Double-A Midland where he batted .285 with seven home runs and 55 RBI in 99 games...named to the Texas League All-Star team...hit .382 against left-handers and .254 against right-handers...hit .330 with runners in scoring position and .356 with RISP and two outs... tossed out 33 of 70 attempted base stealers (47.1%), which was the second best mark in the Texas League...led all Texas League catchers in fielding percentage (.997) and games (91)...played for the United States in the All-Star Futures game July 9 at Pittsburgh and was 0 for 1...batted .362 over the first 18 games of the season and was hitting .287 at the end of May...hit .341 with two home runs and 17 RBI in 24 games in June to boost his average to .306...then batted .234 with one home run and 13 RBI over his last 30 games...went 3 for 5 with a home run and eight RBI June 22 at Tulsa...was named to the U.S. Olympic Qualifying team...suffered a bruised left wrist while playing for the U.S. team in Cuba and did not return to action with the RockHounds.
Spent his first full professional season with Single-A Stockton and batted .277 with 12 home runs and 65 RBI in 114 games...added 63 walks for a .378 on-base percentage...ranked second on the Ports in hit by pitches (12), tied for second in triples (5) and was third in runs scored (85), hits (122) and walks (63)...also led the team with 16 grounded into double plays...his batting average broke down to .317 (38 for 120) with five home runs against left-handed pitching and .262 (84 for 321) with seven home runs against right-handers...average slipped to .263 (36 for 137) with runners in scoring position but he was 4 for 13 (.308) with a grand slam and 12 RBI with the bases loaded...made 104 appearances at catcher which led the California League...also topped CL catchers in total chances (947), putouts (882), errors (15) and passed balls (19)...tossed out 32 of 86 (37.2%) attempted base stealers...also went 13 for 38 (.342) with three home runs and eight RBI in 10 games at designated hitter...hit in each of the first six spots in the batting order and saw his most playing time in the five spot where he appeared in 42 games (46 for 163, .282)...reached base on catchers interference three times...started the season strong and finished it strong as he batted .301 in 19 games in April and .310 in 25 games in August...batted a combined .264 in the three months in between...was a perfect 4 for 4 on April 23 at Visalia, his only four-hit game of the season...had two home runs and five RBI on May 20 against Bakersfield for his only two-homer game of the season...the five RBI were also a season high...reached base safely in 27 consecutive games from June 1 to July 5...hit .286 (30 for 105) over that span and added 20 walks for a .409 on-base percentage...had a grand slam on June 17 against Rancho Cucamonga...went 41 games and 155 at bats without a home run from June 30 to August 27 but then homered in three straight games from August 28 to 30...added another home run on September 1 giving him four home runs and 10 RBI over a five game span...had a season best eight-game hitting streak from August 26 to September 2 (14 for 36, .389)...hit .222 (2 for 9) with a home run and two RBI in two postseason games for Stockton...then played for the Arizona Fall League Champion Phoenix Desert Dogs and batted .342 (13 for 38) with seven RBI in 13 games...added eight walks for a .447 on-base percentage.
Was selected by the A's in the second round of the June draft and signed on July 12...was assigned to Single-A Vancouver of the Northwest League and batted .297 with three home runs and 31 RBI in 46 games in his professional debut...added 18 walks and was hit by a pitch a team leading 12 times for a .394 on-base percentage...tied for second on the Canadians in triples (3)...batted .323 (43 for 133) with all three of his home runs and 27 of his 31 RBI against right-handers and .214 (9 for 42) against left-handers...hit .349 (30 for 86) with all three of his home runs on the road compared to .247 (22 for 89) at home...hit .304 (17 for 56) with runners in scoring position...was 2 for 5 (.400) with two walks and eight RBI with the bases loaded...appeared in 27 games at catcher where he committed just one error in 200 total chances for a .995 fielding percentage...tossed out 4 of 24 (16.7%) attempted base stealers...also hit .343 (24 for 70) in 19 games as the designated hitter...saw most of his playing time hitting second in the batting order (42 for 148, .284)...began his professional career by hitting safely in each of his first 12 games from July 17 to 29...batted .362 (17 for 47) during the streak with two home runs and eight RBI...the home runs came in consecutive games on July 26 and 27 at Spokane...homered just once over his final 36 games...had five two-hit games over a six-game span from August 8 to 13 to put his season average at .323...then went 20 for 76 (.263) over his final 21 games to finish the year at .297...went 0 for 13 with a walk in three postseason games for Vancouver.