Suzuki wants to stay with Nats past this season

Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said he would love to stay with the Nationals past this season. He feels the team will be successful for years to come.

Suzuki said he hasn’t talked to the team about an extension. As of now, he just plans to get ready for the season.

“I love it here. I love the guys in the clubhouse. It’s a fun clubhouse. I got know quite a few of these guys really well,” Suzuki said.  “They are just great guys to be around. The other part that doesn’t hurt, it’s a really good team. It’s going to be a really good team for a long time.”

After joining the Nationals on Aug. 3, Suzuki put up respectable numbers, hitting. 267 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. He also proved to be an above average game caller. Suzuki was acquired from the Athletics because the Nationals were unhappy with Jesus Flores’ game calling behind the plate.

Suzuki said a change of scenery helped him put up respectable numbers in the nation’s capital. When he joined the Nationals, Suzuki was having the worst year of his career, hitting .218 with a home run and eight RBIs.

“A lot of times, a lot of people say a change of scenery helps. In my case, it did,” Suzuki said. “It was nice coming over here. It was a different clubhouse, a different group of guys. They made it easy for me because the transition was so easy. I wasn’t performing up to my standards in Oakland and Rizz [general manager Mike Rizzo] believed in me. When your GM believes in you like that and he brings you over with the best record in baseball, it makes you as a player feel confident.”

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