Seager Won’t Be Distracted

Friday, February 26, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

For this spring training, the media is worried about whether Corey Seager will be a Dodger in 2022 or will sign somewhere else as a free agent.

Seager is arguably the most serious Dodger. He has a huge contributor to the team since his promotion to the Major Leagues in September 2015.

Ever since Seager came to Los Angeles, people have questioned if Seager should be a shortstop. After all, Seager is a big man, 6’4” and about 215 pounds, and historically, Major-League shortstops have been mostly small athletic men. If a shortstop contributed to the offense greatly, it was a luxury until the 1990s when Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Nomar Garciaparra emerged as a new generation of shortstops. They were athletic in the field while usually being offensive superstars.

In 2016, while playing marvelous defense at shortstop, Seager had a .308 batting average, 26 home runs, and 72 RBI. During the 2016 season, when the Dodgers needed a hit, Seager delivered. His stellar 2016 performance earned him the National League Rookie of the Year.

In 2017, Seager had a good season with a .295 batting average, 22 home runs, and 77 RBI. At the end of the season, he began having trouble throwing to first base because of a sore elbow. He missed several games. He suffered a back injury during the 2017 NLDS against the Arizona Diamondbacks so that he did not play during the 2017 NLCS against the Chicago Cubs.

Seager attempted to play during the 2018 season but could not because of his elbow pain. While recovering from Tommy John surgery, Seager underwent hip surgery. He hated watching the Dodgers going to the World Series, where they lost to the Boston Red Sox, without him.

In 2019, with his body that had a new shape, Seager returned to the Dodger lineup. He missed almost the entire month of June with a hamstring injury. At times Seager looked lost at the plate while his defense was much improved. His offensive statistics of .272 batting average, 19 home runs, 87 RBI.

When the abbreviated 2020 season started, Seager appeared to be a different player. While Mookie Betts captured the headlines, Seager provided steady offensive production and outstanding defensive play even though he missed six games with a sore lower back. His offense improved during the postseason, enabling him to win MVPs in both the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves and the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The media thinks Seager’s upcoming free agency might be a distraction during the 2021 season. This shows the reporters do not know or understand Seager. He takes one day at a time. He wants to improve.

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