Maui’s Suzuki collects 1,000th career MLB hit, joins Victorino in exclusive club

Kurt Suzuki // Associated Press

Maui native and Minnesota Twins’ catcher Kurt Suzuki recorded the 1,000th base hit of his Major League Baseball career on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Baldwin graduate tallied his milestone single off of former first round draft choice Marcus Stroman to lead off the eighth inning of Minnesota’s 3-1 loss to Toronto.

Kurt Suzuki
Kurt Suzuki

The single puts Suzuki in elite company as he becomes just the second Hawaii born baseball player to ever reach 1,000 career MLB hits, joining fellow Maui native and Saint Anthony graduate Shane Victorino, who is a two-time all-star and two-time World Series champion.

Suzuki went 1-for-2 with an RBI in the loss.

The 32-year-old is in his third season as a member of the Twins, appearing in his 28th game of the 2016 regular season on Sunday. Batting .220 thus far, Suzuki has also managed one home run, 10 RBIs and a .283 on-base percentage.

Suzuki, who had two stints with the Oakland Athletics, also played for the Washington Nationals. He posted 653 of his hits as a member of the A’s, with his best single-season effort coming back in 2011 behind 156 hits that year.

The former member of the College World Series champion Cal State-Fullerton, Suzuki has played in 1,130 career games, having made his MLB debut on June 14, 2007.

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