From a possible farewell to Seattle back in October to a final farewell to MLB, Kyle Seager did things with class and a quiet leadership.
Over the last 11 years Seattle has had one consistent guy playing the infield. Fans have grown accustomed to seeing the smile of Kyle Seager manning the hot corner every Opening Day since 2012. On October 3rd, 2021, Seager played his final game in a Mariners uniform. His final walk from 3rd base to the dugout occurred in the top of the 9th inning with one out at his home of 11 years. Between hugs from his teammates, the chants of, “Thank you, Seager!” from the faithful Seattle fans, to a hug and handshake from Scott Servais, Seager gave Seattle one final curtain call. Little did anyone know that his curtain call on that Sunday would end up being his last. On Wednesday, December 29th, 2021, via an announcement on his wife’s Twitter page, Seager gave his final curtain call to Major League Baseball.
Free Agency Rumor 1
Upon the formal announcement the Mariners were not picking up his option, rumors began swirling regarding where Kyle Seager would call home next. Among those rumors, one of the popular ones favored a family reunion in Texas to play alongside his younger brother, Corey Seager. Rangers fans loved this idea though not for the nostalgia of the reunion; rather for the simple fact that they wanted to see what Seager could do for an entire season hitting at Globe Life Park. With numerous big HR’s throughout the years, they wanted to see how his career .290 average in Texas played out. Now, they won’t get that chance.
Another Free Agency Rumor
Toronto fans were hopeful they would get to see Seager man the hot corner for them as well. He would have provided the power that the Blue Jays team is currently known for. His veteran leadership would have filled holes (left open by Robbie Ray and Marcus Semien) for the still young team that continues to grow due to having the MVP runner up in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as its star of the future. Yes, the future is still very bright for the Blue Jays, it will just be without Seager in the fold.
With his sudden retirement, Seager has ended a career rarely seen in sports today. He played 11 years for one team and never tested free agency. He made good on his 10-year contract that made him, “A Mariner for life.” The man affectionately known by teammates as, “CAP,” lead both on the field and also off the field on how to ride off into a new stage of life. Knowing his legacy in Seattle will eventually land him in the Mariners Hall of Fame it appears he had no desire to see if the grass was greener elsewhere.
Quick Glance of Seattle Achievements
Never the best hitter on the team and only leading the team in HR’s twice in 11 years, Seager did established himself as a reliable hitter. He also proved his defense was well above average. From a Gold Glove award in 2014 to no-hitter saving stops.
Speaking of no-hitters, Kyle Seager has participated in the most no-hitters in MLB since he entered the league (9).
Since Kyle Seager entered the big leagues, there’s been 42 no-hitters.
He’s been a part of 9 of them (21%). pic.twitter.com/lU04ZF4Tpj
— WTF Stats (@WTFstats) December 29, 2021
Say what you will about Seager, Seattle fans believe they have just said farewell to one of the greatest 3B to play MLB and certainly the best to man the hot corner in Seattle.
See You in Five Years, Seager!
Seattle fans, prepare for life without Kyle Seager. Cherish those memories of walk-off home runs. Never forget the time he stole 3rd base. Most importantly, never take for granted what quiet leadership looks like. His legacy will live on for years to come as J.P. Crawford flourishes as the new leader. Give it five years and we’ll certainly see him at T-Mobile on a Saturday night being inducted into the most prestigious club reserved for Mariners greats alongside Ken Griffey Jr. Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and more. It will be that day where he will give us one more curtain call, one more wave farewell. Thank you, Mr. Seager, for all you did for baseball in Seattle.