For the second time in this 2014 season, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was named American League Player of the Week.
In this week’s worth of games, Seager hit .583 in 24 at-bats. He also had 3 doubles, 2 home runs, and 8 RBI in just 6 games.
The first time Seager earned Player of the Week honors this season he shared the lauding with first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.
Seager is quick to credit others instead of relishing in his own accolades. He said he thought teammate Felix Hernandez was more deserving of the honor, having gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA and 15 strikes in 15 innings over two starts. But Seager raised his average from .250 to .277, and has been a force in the lineup behind teammate Robinson Cano.
Before receiving this award for the second time, I recently wrote an article stating why the Mariners need to give Seager a contract extension right now. The way he has played over the last 3 seasons, and the way he continues to lead this team both on the field and in the dugout, he has become invaluable to a team that really has no depth at the third base position.
Simply put, Kyle Seager is a stand up guy who the Mariners should keep around for as long as they can.
Look out, maybe if someone gets injured or scratched from the All-Star game, Seager could find his way to Target Field on July 15th.
He deserves it.