Saturday, September 25, 2010

LMB ERA CHAMP SUZUKI RETURNING TO GUASAVE

Have slider, will travel.

Former major league pitcher Mac Suzuki, who led the Mexican League this year with a 2.89 ERA for the Chihuahua Dorados, will be back with the Guasave Algodoneros this season. The 35-year-old Kobe, Japan product turned in a 9-5 record in 20 starts for Chihuahua in 2010, striking out 88 batters and walking 74 in 131 innings pitched to help lead the Gold to a playoff berth before finishing the summer by going 2-2 in five starts for Calgary of the independent Golden League. Suzuki was 2-1 with a 3.51 ERA in ten games (including four starts) for Guasave last winter.

Suzuki was sent to America at age 16 by his parents in 1991 after being expelled from his Japan high school. He was signed by Seattle in and made his major league debut for the Mariners in 1996. He went on to pitch for four MLB teams between 1996 and 2002, going 16-31 with a 5.72 ERA. Since then, he and his passport have bounced around baseball from the USA to Japan, Taiwan, Canada and Mexico.