Kurt Suzuki's salary is currently at $400,000; he is by far the most underrated catcher in the American League. He got robbed of an All-Star game this year. He leads all AL catchers in hits and plays superb defense behind the plate.
As of tonight's game, Suzuki has not made an error in 72 games. He's hitting .287 with five homers, 38 RBI, 21 doubles, has struck out only 21 times, and has played in 81 games this year.
Also, another thing to note about Suzuki is his ability to handle the young pitchers of the Oakland A's. The A's starters have had their share of ups and downs, but with Suzuki behind the plate the young pitchers have definitely progressed throughout the season.
Lastly, Suzuki and his wife are raising funds for Jon Wilhite. If you don't know who Wilhite, is he was one of the passengers involved in the car accident that took the life of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Nick Adenhart.
From what I got from the A's telecasts, Suzuki got to spend some time with Wilhite, who rehabs six to seven hours a day. He is scheduled to throw out the first pitch in Saturday's game against the Angels.
The fundraiser that Suzuki has setup is with a donation of $40 you receive a baseball signed by Suzuki or by another Oakland A player. It is to help Wilhite on his long journey from that horrific accident.
Why Wilhite is important to Suzuki is that they were teammates in college. Suzuki was a junior when Wilhite was a freshman.