June 25, 2021

Where will Washington Nationals find a catcher to pair with Kurt Suzuki? (Federal Baseball)

Davey Martinez had nothing but good things to say about the work Kurt Suzuki did behind the plate during the first year of his 2-year/$10M deal in D.C. when the manager spoke with reporters about the 36-year-old catcher during the World Series.

“He’s been incredible,” Martinez said.

“He has a game plan. He sticks to the game plan. He’s very adamant about what he wants to do to hitters and he communicates really well with our pitching staff.”

“Both him and Yan [Gomes have] done an unbelievable job with the pitching staff. And we knew that when we got these two guys what they can do.

“I’ve seen Suzuki from afar playing against him when he was in Atlanta, just handled that pitching staff. And Yan I’ve known for a lot of years, and what he does behind the plate.”

Suzuki, who finished the 2019 regular season with a .264/.324/.486 line, 11 doubles, and 17 home runs in 85 games and 309 plate appearances, over which he was worth 0.6 fWAR, went 3 for 30 with a homer and four walks in the postseason, after returning from an elbow injury suffered in early September.

He suffered a hip injury late in the Nationals’ playoff run as well, but told reporters he was…

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