Mariners Greatest Hits: Third Baseman Kyle Seager
By Adam Levi
Despite other contenders who played third base in the 40-year Mariners history, Seager is our greatest third baseman. With his victory, he has earned a greatest hits compilation. So, here are Seager’s top three best games over his six, going on seven, years in Seattle.
There hasn’t been one season in Kyle Seager’s still young Mariners career where he hasn’t played above-average baseball.
But, as our own Colby Patnode reminded us, there have been quite a few talented men at the hot corner, so what put’s him ahead of the rest?
Well, if we look optimistically into the future, what we’ve seen so far in Seager’s career is just the beginning of something very special.
Offensively, he’s been a reliable doubles and home run hitter.
If he continues to hit his average of 33 doubles and 24 home runs per campaign over the course of the next three seasons, he will end up sitting in 4th on both the Mariners all-time doubles list with 279 only behind Ichiro, Edgar Martinez, and Ken Griffey Jr. and the team’s all-time home runs list with 198 behind Jay Buhner, Martinez and Griffey Jr.
Seeing that he is signed with the Mariners for the next five years until 2021 -with a team option in 2022- there is surely much more to come from the budding eldest Seager who finished 12th in the AL MVP voting this past year.
Defensively, he may not be as reliable as Beltre was, but there are likely a couple more Gold Gloves in his future if he can cut back from his AL-worst 22 errors in 2016.
Despite the mounting mistakes at arguably the hardest position in the field, Seager was still nominated as a finalist for the prestigious fielding award last year.
If his future ends up being as good as his past, we’re in for a treat from the Mariners darling. Here are his best three games so far, making him our greatest M’s third baseman in history.