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From MIL to MLB All-Star: Remarkable comeback season for Maui's Suzuki
July 6, 2014 - Robert Collias
Here is a short breaking story I just filed that will be up on our front page very soon:
Kurt Suzuki, a 2001 Baldwin High School graduate, became the fifth Hawaii-born player to be selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star game in an announcement this afternoon on ESPN television.
Suzuki, 30, in his eighth Major League season and his first with the Minnesota Twins, is the second Maui-born player to make an All-Star team, joining Shane Victorino (2009 and 2011). Suzuki is the second Hawaii-born position player to make an All-Star team, along with Victorino.
The other Hawaii-born All-Stars are Sid Fernandez (1986 and 1987), Charlie Hough (1986) and Ron Darling (1985).
This season’s All-Star Game is set for Minnesota’s Target Field on July 15.
Victorino is the only Hawaii-born player to start an All-Star game.
Suzuki is currently hitting .306, which is in the top 20 for all of Major League Baseball. He leads American League catchers in batting average and ranks second at the position in all of MLB. He has two home runs, 18 doubles and 34 RBIs so far this season.
Here is a story from his clinic in January that foreshadows just how remarkable this season has been for Suzuki.
And here is a link to our video from the clinic.
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