The 2016 season hasn’t been the greatest start for Kyle Seager. He was hitting just .134 (9-67) entering Monday night against the Houston Astros. With a .118 BABIP (batting average on balls in play) for the season. However, he has a walk rate at 9.3%, which would be second highest in his career, so things will likely turn around for the former All-Star. But this is where the story on Monday night begins.
Sitting at 99 home runs for his career, Seager, staring at a 3-1 count in the bottom of the fourth inning with the game tied at one, deposited his 100th home run into the cheap seats in right-field. The home run came off former teammate, Doug Fister.
Seager is the 12th Mariners’ player to hit 100 home runs in an M’s uniform. Ken Griffey Jr. leads that list with 417. Seager has hit at least 20 home runs in each of his first four full seasons in the big leagues. He hit a career high of 26 home runs a season ago. If he reaches 20 home runs this season, he would be eighth on the M’s all-time home run list.
So, how high can he climb on the list?
- Ken Griffey Jr., 417 HR
- Edgar Martinez, 309 HR
- Jay Buhner, 307 HR
- Alex Rodriguez, 189 HR
- Alvin Davis, 160 HR
- Raul Ibanez, 156 HR
- Bret Boone, 143 HR
- Jim Presley, 115 HR
- Ken Phelps, 105 HR
- Richie Sexson, 105 HR
- Adrian Beltre, 103 HR
- Kyle Seager, 100 HR
He will turn 29 years old in November and is signed for another five years after this season with an option for 2022. If he continues on his pace of hitting 20 or more home runs for the next several years, he could get to fourth on the M’s home run list.
To be in the company of Jay Buhner, Alex Rodriguez and Edgar Martinez would be a special accomplishment and would put his name in the conversation as one of the greatest Mariners ever.
In the day and age of chasing the most money and fame, I really hope Seager stays in Seattle his entire career because the first 100 home runs have been fun to watch as a fan. Time will tell, but hopefully a few of the next 100-plus home runs for Seager can be in the postseason.