“It’s Been a Wonderful Ride”- Seattle Mariners Legend Kyle Seager Announces Retirement in a Heartfelt Message

Published 12/30/2021, 7:30 AM EST


In rather sad news, legendary MLB player, Kyle Seager, bid adieu to the sport last night. After 11 successful years in MLB, the Seattle Mariners star has announced his retirement.

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Notably, Seager was at the peak of his career, and his retirement came as a shock to many. Now, he plans on focusing on the next chapter of his career.

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Kyle’s wife announced the big news

Kyle joined the Seattle Mariners back in 2011, and since then, he made some noteworthy contributions to the Mariners. Seager was entering free agency after the 2021 season; however, his team did not exercise the club extension option for him. The 34-year-old star has now opted out from entering the craziness of free agency, hanging his boots.

Kyle’s wife, Julie, shared a note from her husband on Twitter, breaking one too many hearts. “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,” the message from Kyle read.

The official Seattle Mariners’ Twitter account also paid tribute to their legend. They wrote, ”Your impact went beyond the diamond as you were a leader in the clubhouse and a pillar of our community.”

The news was certainly heartbreaking for fans who were hoping to see what Kyle’s future holds in MLB, away from the Mariners. Albeit, it’s Kyle and his family’s decision to choose what’s best for their future.

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Throwback to Kyle Seager’s 2021 season

Kyle Seager had an incredible outing in 2021, as he blasted his career highest, 35 home runs, and also his career-best, 101 RBI. Remarkably, Kyle is the brother of this year’s former free agency star, Corey Seager, who secured a $325 million contract with the Texas Rangers.

Oct 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts (50), shortstop Corey Seager (5) and first baseman Matt Beaty (45) score on a grand slam home run by shortstop Trea Turner (6) in the fifth inning of the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2020, the brothers had both smashed home runs in a game against each other, marking a historical moment. They became the first brothers to hit a homer while being on the opposite team since 2001. Undoubtedly, Kyle leaves behind a legacy that many will hope Corey can take forward. Do you think he will outshine his brother’s performances in the 2022 season?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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