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Kurt Suzuki, All-Star (VIDEO)

July 9, 2014 - Robert Collias
It couldn't have happened to a more humble guy than Maui's Kurt Suzuki, but his first MLB All-Star selection also could not have been anywhere near expected at the beginning of the season.

I asked him for five minutes via phone and because he's Kurt Suzuki, he gave me nearly 20.

Here is the start of my story from today's paper (and check out the embedded video below from, cool yeah?):

He's a 30-year-old catcher who has been traded twice in the last two years.

His current contract is for one year and a modest $2.75 million.

Kurt Suzuki, however, is now an American League All-Star. It has been on his mind throughout this resurgent season.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't," Suzuki said Monday. "I was definitely thinking there was a possibility coming down to the last couple weeks before the selection."

In his first year with the Minnesota Twins, the 2001 Baldwin High School graduate is hitting .300 - 12th in the American League - and his 34 RBIs are two more than he had all of last season, spent with the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals.

Click here for the rest of the story.


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