Kyle Seager is starting to heat up at the plate and he also isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself over the success of his younger brother, Corey.
OAKLAND — Corey’s brother is starting to heat up at the plate for the Mariners and it couldn’t come at a more important time.
Kyle Seager has never been afraid to often joke about how his younger brother, Corey, has begun to overshadow him in the baseball world. In his self-deprecating sense of humor, he’s quick to point out that his younger sibling is taller, faster, more popular, has more hair, was a higher draft pick, possesses more natural talent and has played in the postseason. All of which are true on some level.
“Maybe I should just get some bats with his name on it or something,” Seager joked.
So when MLB released the colorful jerseys for the “Player’s Weekend” on Aug. 25-27, complete with nicknames of each player on the back if they so desired, it wasn’t surprising that the back of Seager’s jersey read: “Corey’s Brother.”
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He initially asked for “Corey Seager’s Brother” on the back but it wouldn’t fit. That moniker also would’ve matched the name of his fantasy football team that won the Mariners’ players fantasy league last season.
“It’s all in good fun,” he said. “I didn’t expect it to come out this early. I thought it was going to come out day of the game. I figured he’d get a good laugh out of it. He didn’t know about it.”
Corey Seager’s Dodgers jersey for that weekend has the nickname of … “Seager.” Cue the sad trombone.
His older brother shook his head in disappointment and disgust.
“He’s boring,” Kyle Seager said. “You’ve gotta to do better than that. If you’re going to play that good, then you gotta do something.”
Despite his machinations about being second fiddle to his brother, Kyle Seager is still a fine player in his own right, regardless of who he is related to. He’s been selected to an All-Star game and is part of the Mariners’ heart of the batting order. Admittedly, the first half of this season — hitting .248 with a .723 on-base plus slugging percentage, 18 doubles, 10 homers and 47 RBI — didn’t meet his lofty expectations or those that Mariners’ fans hold for him. But he’s starting to get hot coming out of the All-Star break.
Seager hammered a big first-inning, three-run homer on Wednesday…