In 2004 Kurt Suzuki was drafted in the second round by the Oakland A’s and in 2019 he became the newest Hawaii-born World Series Champion and the first to win both College and MLB World Series. Suzuki had a short stint with the Washington Nationals form 2012-2013 and returned to the team when they signed him to a two-year contract worth $10 million in November 2018.
The Nationals were not supposed to get this far. The team started the 2019 season with a 19-31 record and were the winners of the NL Wild Card Game. They took that and brought a championship to the nation’s capital for the first time in 95 years. A hip flexor strain kept him from playing in the final few games of the series, but not before he hit a tie-breaking homer in the seventh inning of Game 2 that lead to a 12-3 rout over the Astros.