Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  By By Ken Rosenthal  |  Last updated 9/16/13
Catcher Kurt Suzuki was on the phone, comparing the 2013 Oakland Athletics to two teams with which he also is quite familiar - the 2012 A's and the 2013 Washington Nationals. In each case, Suzuki said, there are more differences than similarities. These A's are headed for their second straight AL West title, but Suzuki believes the team has developed a more mature mindset since he was traded to the Nats on Aug. 3, 2012. The Nats, meanwhile, stood only a 3.3 percent chance of making the playoffs as of Monday, according to Coolstandings.com . And Suzuki, who was traded back to the A's on Aug. 22, can't figure out why his former team only recently got hot. "Everyone asks me that: 'What happened with the Nationals? And this team in Oakland, it has no superstars,'" Suzuki said. "It's hard for me to compare. I can't try to compare. They're so different. "It's baseball. It's weird. Things like that happen. In Washington, they've got arguably the most talented team in baseball. You loo...
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