Despite his limited time with the A’s, he managed 10 hits and two home runs in 33 at-bats. But manager Bob Melvin had already entrusted young Stephen Vogt as the team’s backstop, thus Suzuki did not participate in the playoffs.
His one-year deal with the Minnesota Twins was announced on December 20 after the season ended, and he was expected to replace Joe Mauer as the team’s starting catcher, as Mauer had been transferred to first base.
In the end, Kurt played in Minnesota for three seasons. During the 2014 season, he was an All-Star for the first time in his career, hitting .288 with three home runs and 61 RBIs in 131 games.
To top things off, the All-Star game was held at Target Field in Minneapolis that year. It was his best season-long OPS+ ever, with a mark of 105.
Paul Molitor’s first season as manager of the Minnesota Twins resulted in a postseason run, and Kurt played another 131 games, though his offensive output decreased.
He had sunk to a.240 batting average and a .296 on-base percentage, while his OPS+ had plummeted to 69.
John Ryan Murphy was brought in as a replacement after the season, and the Minnesota Twins hoped he would be ready to take the starting catcher position.
As it turned out, Kurt was once again the team’s most frequently deployed catcher in 2016.
How Tall Is Kurt Suzuki?
Kurt Suzuki’s height is 1.8 m.