Twins Catcher Kurt Suzuki Demonstrates How Not to Slide Into Home Plate (GIF)
After a good five-season stretch as the everyday catcher for the Oakland A’s, Kurt Suzuki has bounced around a bit the last three seasons. The A’s traded him to the Nationals in 2012, then the Nationals traded him back to the A’s in 2013. Finally, prior to the 2014 season, he signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Twins—which is pretty good for a 30-year-old catcher.
How has Suzuki responded? Well, in the batter’s box he is having the best year of his career, batting .289/.349/.381 with 27 doubles and 52 runs batted in.
But on the base paths things could be better. Just take a look at this absolutely dreadful attempt to “slide” into home plate from last night’s game against the White Sox:
Fortunately this did not cost the Twins a run. Suzuki had advanced from second to third on a White Sox throwing error, then took off for home while teammate Jordan Schafer got himself caught in a rundown between first and second. So thankfully, there was no play at the plate.