Mariners staple Kyle Seager retires after 11 seasons

Free agent third baseman Kyle Seager announced his retirement on Wednesday after 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners.

Seager, who turned 34 in November, set career highs with 35 homers and 101 RBIs in the Mariners’ 90-game winning season of 2021.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball. Thank you to all my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career, ”he said in a statement posted on Twitter by his wife, Julie.

“It was a wonderful hike, but I am incredibly excited for the next chapter of my life.”

In a career spent entirely in Seattle (2011-21), Seager is batting 0.251 with 242 homers, 309 doubles, 807 RBIs and 1395 hits in 1480 games. Defensively, he led the AHL third baseman in assists five times, double plays four times and strikeouts twice.

Seager was a member of the All-Star team and won a Gold Glove award in 2014. He has completed at least 20 home runs in nine of his 11 seasons and is fourth in Mariners history for games, hits, home runs and RBIs.

The Mariners were second at the AL West in 2021 and recorded their most wins since 2003. Seager has never had the chance to play in the MLB playoffs.

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