Thank you, Kyle

The 2021 Mariners season came to an end on Sunday afternoon with a 7-3 loss, the Yankees and Red Sox also won. At 90-wins the club ended with the sixth best record in franchise history while the playoff drought in officially hit 20-years.

Sunday also marked the probable end of Kyle Seaver’s decade long career with the club. Seager’s tenure ends with him being the longest serving third baseman in franchise history and easily its best. He’ll finish with slash line of .251/.321/.442 and a wRC+ of 111 while posting an fWAR of 34.9 in 10 seasons.

The third baseman was a third round pick that was overshadowed by Seattle’s first round pick that year; both of them from the University of North Carolina and both of them pegged as the clubs long term solutions their respective position. While Dustin Ackley didn’t pan out, Seager was magnificent. He routinely made flashy plays at third and consistently produced at the plate.

It lead to the M’s working out a contract extension that includes the (now) contentious $18 million option for his final year. The numbers are in, and the M’s made off like bloody bandits.

Disgraced CEO Kevin Mather’s public comments about Seager’s value — and service time, along with a host of other horrific things — in the off season was a huge black eye that probably tainted what has clearly become a strained relationship. Mather, and anyone who thought (or thinks) Seager was over paid, are living in a world divorced from reality. He’s been worth every penny.

Seager was not just a highlight real, his reactions and interactions with fellow baseball players made him a .gif machine. He was entertaining as hell to watch and fun as hell to have on the club. It absolutely sucks that he had four shots at a playoff berth and the M’s were unable to punch the ticket to get it done.

We’ll have more on the 2021 season, and what we want to see this club do in the off season. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment to thank Kyle Seager for everything and appreciate this wonderful human being for what he is.

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