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“It’s good to be a full-time father and husband”

Angels catcher Kurt Suzuki, who will retire at the end of this season, spoke to the press on the 21st (22nd Japan time) about his memories with pitcher Shohei Ohtani. He joined the Angels last season and formed a battery with Ohtani. The third-generation Nikkei catcher said, “I don’t know if I’ll ever see a player like him in my lifetime. been able to do that.”

He made his Athletics debut in 2007 and was named an All-Star in 2014 with the Twins. Played in 1632 games in a 16 year major league career. He says his best memory is winning the World Series with the 2019 Nationals. “We’re playing to win the World Series. The walk-offs, home runs, and five hits in one game are great, but they’re not goes with the feeling of winning the World Series,” he said.

At the age of 38, he decided to take off his uniform. He said he’s been thinking about it since spring training. “Everything has an end. I thought this was the right time. It’s good to be a full-time father and husband,” he said. “I want to stay involved in baseball. I love being involved with the kids. I don’t know how often I’ll work because I want to stay home. I’m pretty sure I won’t be in the dugout. “.

The final card of the season is against the Athletics in Oakland. “It’s cool that it’s gone like that. The season ends with the game in Oakland. All the guys in the club from when I was there are still there. See you again and my season last. It’s stylish to be in the game,” he said he was looking forward to it.

(Masaya Kotani)

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