Kyle Seager introduced his retirement, based on an announcement relayed by his spouse on Twitter. He had the uncommon honor of spending his complete profession with one group, having been drafted by the Seattle Mariners and staying with them till reaching free company on the finish of the 2021 season.
Seager, 34, started his profession as a third-round decide of the Mariners in 2009, climbing via the minors to make his MLB debut in 2011, entering into 53 video games that yr. In 2012, he had a breakout yr that noticed him hit 20 dwelling runs in 155 video games, slashing .259/.316/.423. Together along with his stable third base protection, he was value 3.8 fWAR that yr.
From that time on, he primarily took over and made himself a fixture on the scorching nook in Seattle, taking part in not less than 154 video games for the Mariners for seven straight seasons from 2012 to 2018. A hand harm restricted him to 106 video games in 2019, however that may show to be his solely vital absence, as he performed all 60 video games within the pandemic-shortened 2020 marketing campaign after which 159 video games in 2021.
After a 2014 season during which Seager hit 25 homers, was chosen to the All-Star sport and received a Gold Glove, he and the Mariners agreed to a contract extension value $100M over seven years. That contract, which simply concluded just a few months in the past, saved him a Mariner for all times.
Over his 11 seasons, Seager performed 1,480 video games, notching 1,395 hits, 309 doubles and 242 dwelling runs. His general profession slash line was .251/.321/.442. He was value 34.8 wins above alternative within the estimation of FanGraphs, with Baseball Reference placing him at 36.9. A mannequin of consistency, Seager produced not less than 1.5 fWAR for 10 straight seasons, from 2012 to 2021, hitting not less than 20 dwelling runs in every of these seasons, apart from the shortened 2020 marketing campaign. Regardless of his dependable sturdiness, energy manufacturing and protection, the Mariners have been by no means in a position to construct a postseason-worthy crew round him, having not been to the postseason since 2001.
In 2021, the ultimate yr of his profession, Seager set profession highs in dwelling runs and runs batted in, with 35 and 101, respectively. His slash line on the yr was .212/.285/.438. Going into the offseason, MLBTR predicted that he might have earned himself a brand new contract value $24M over two years. As an alternative, he’ll cling up his spikes and enter the subsequent chapter of his life.
The MLBTR crew want to lengthen a heartfelt congratulations to Kyle for an unbelievable profession and want him the very best of luck in no matter comes subsequent.