This series may be the last time Kyle “Ranger Killer” Seager plays baseball in Arlington.
He is in the final year of his contract with a team opportunity that seems increasingly unlikely as time, idiotic former leaders and new acquisitions have taken their way. This is his 10th season in the majors, making him officially eligible for MLB’s generous retirement plan.
Cryptic Tips in the end, I do not know if he will really retire at the end of the year, but I do know: Kyle Seager does not owe anything to baseball – or especially the Marines. They drafted and signed him, offered him a fair pay day, and surrounded him with a breathtaking mix of teammates with low talent and high on gays.
As fans, there is little or nothing we can do to influence a team’s ownership or front office, but it does not do much to alleviate the itchy guilt and remorse of facing another farewell with a star whose tenure was light. , but coated with a dark sheen.
There are still weeks left to the season, and plenty of opportunities for Kyle to continue his playing career (here or otherwise), but it also feels appropriate to celebrate Rangers nemesis’ last series in Texas. * Seags has had plenty of ups and downs downturns themselves, but in a career characterized by consistency, one thing has been particularly true through the decade: Kyle Seager love beat in Texas.
His 36 home runs in his career against the Rangers are the second most of all active players after Mike Trout. That’s 15% of his major league home runs. The first Kyle Seager vs. Rangers homer came in September 2011 at the end of an abysmal season against a man named Merkin Valdez. The Mariners lost that match 12-5.
It wasn’t until last season that he finally hit a grand slam against the Rangers, but it was worth the wait to help christen their inexplicable new stadium.
And almost half of them came on Globe Life Field / Park, just to add insult to injury.
His 199 career hits against Texas are mostly against any single opponent – and more than all the hits he has collected in interleague games.
He homered against the Rangers every season for the past decade, and – apart from 2015 – has also hit a home court in Texas every year.
And all of that was beautifully exhibited tonight as he went 2-on-4 with a two-run home run to seal Seattle’s sleepy 3-1 win over his Texas Rangers.
* Actually does not do well with me about the Astros series.
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