Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners has been selected to the 2014 All-Star team. Granted, it is as an injury replacement for Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays, but it is still a well-deserved honor for the young third baseman.
Through July 6, Seager has a slash line of .274/.347/.483 for the season. He leads the Mariners with 13 home runs and 59 RBI and currently has a 3.0 WAR. Seager struggled at the plate to start the season, but has come on strong and is a key reason for Seattle’s success this year.
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Seager joins Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano as Mariner representatives on the American League team. Cano will be the starter at second base, and King Felix could be the starting pitcher if selected by Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.
Despite a strong bullpen during the first half, the Mariners did not have any relievers selected to the All-Star team. If any additional players are injured, this could change.
Fans will obviously be happy to see Seager selected, though there are sure to be those that suggest he should have been selected in the first place. This will be Seager’s first All-Star appearance. He will serve as a backup to starter Josh Donaldson of the Oakland A’s and Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers.
Congratulations, Mr. Seager. Represent the Mariners well.