The statement reads in full:
“Today I’m announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball. Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career. It’s been a wonderful ride but I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter of my life.”
Seager, 34, had been a free agent this offseason after 11 MLB seasons with Seattle.
Originally a third-round choice out of UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009, Seager made his big-league debut with the Mariners in 2011. Over the next decade-plus, Seager batted .251/.321/.442 (112 OPS+) with 1,395 hits; 242 home runs; and a WAR of 36.9. A standout fielder at the hot corner, Seager won a Gold Glove in 2014. That same year, he also made his first and only All-Star appearance.
He received a standing ovation in Seattle during what turned out to be his final MLB game in October:
Seager is coming off a 2021 season in which he hit a career-best 35 home runs. That power from the left side plus his ability to continue manning third base all suggest he can still be a useful contributor.
However, rather than linger on the free-agent market during the owner lockout, Seager has opted to step away. He does so as a beloved figure in Seattle and the rare tenured veteran who spent his entire professional career with one organization.
Kyle’s younger brother, Corey, was also a free agent this winter. Corey Seager signed a 10-year, $325 million deal with the Texas Rangers prior to the owner-imposed lockout.