Mariners Rookie Kyle Seager Played Minor League & Major League Game in Same Day
Mariners rookie Kyle Seager had a pretty sweet day Tuesday, one that included a dream doubleheader. Seager played a day game with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in a 6-2 loss. His manager suggested he take his belongings with him in case he got a call up from the Mariners later in the day.
Seager was hanging out Tuesday night and didn’t think anything was going to happen until around 6pm when he got a call from Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik. Zduriencik told him he had been called up for the game, so Seager got in his car and raced up the freeway to Safeco Field. Seager arrived at the stadium about half an hour prior to the first pitch, so he was in uniform for the game.
The young infielder pinch-hit in the eighth and played third base during the ninth in Seattle’s 4-2 win. Even though he went 0-for-6 with three punch outs in the day, getting to play a minor and major league game in a 12-hour span is pretty awesome.
Seager is a former third-round pick out of North Carolina. He hit .345 with 14 home runs last year for the high-A High Desert Mavericks. He hit .312 in 66 games for Double-A Jackson and an incredible .412 in 22 games for Tacoma this season. It’s only time before he starts hitting for the Mariners when he gets more chances.
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