Shortly after 1 p.m. here on the West Coast, it was announced that Kyle Seager was selected to replace 1b Edwin Encarnacion of the Blue Jays on the AL All-Star team roster. It is Seager’s first All-Star selection and comes as a well-deserved honor.
Seager is hitting .274/.347/.483/.829 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI on the season. Almost all of his numbers rank second in the AL among third basemen including slugging percentage, OPS, home runs and RBI.
“This is obviously a dream come true. Everybody grows up, you wanna play in the big leagues, you wanna be an All-Star,” Seager said. It’s pretty special. It’s something that I’m very proud of and very honored.
“It hasn’t quite set in yet . . . It’s one of those things where I think once I’m there it’ll really set in. Once you’re in the locker room with all of those guys.”
If receiving his first All-Star selection wasn’t cool enough, Seager will join his younger brother Corey in Minneapolis for the festivities. Corey Seager will be taking part in the MLB Futures Game as a part of the U.S. team on Sunday.
The Mariners open an important seven-game homestand with four against the Twins and three against the AL West division-leading Athletics to close. The homestand comes after winning four of six games on the road, but dropping two or three against the White Sox to snap a five series winning streak.
1. Michael Saunders (L) rf
2. James Jones (L) cf)
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2b
4. Corey Hart dh
5. Kyle Seager (L) 3b
6. Logan Morrison (L) 1b
7. Mike Zunino c
8. Dustin Ackley (L) lf
9. Brad Miller (L) ss
rhp Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.33 ERA)