Corey Seager cemented his legacy by hitting a total of 1,270 feet worth of home runs and delivering a crucial single that helped the Texas Rangers secure their first ever World Series championship. He now joins the ranks of three other Hall of Famers in this incredible achievement.
Seager became the fourth player, along with Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Reggie Jackson, to earn the title of two-time World Series Most Valuable Player for his three two-run home runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
His consistent ability to make game-changing hits during the playoffs is just as noticeable as his calm demeanor on the field, which briefly shifted after he hit a tying home run in the first game.
This is precisely what Texas had in mind when they offered him $325 million to sign before the 2022 season.
“I am at a loss for words when it comes to describing this man,” commented Bruce Bochy, manager of the Rangers. “He truly is remarkable.”
Seager broke Zac Gallen’s attempt at a no-hitter with a base hit through a gap in the infield during the beginning of the seventh inning. He then crossed home plate for his team’s initial point on Mitch Garver’s single, ultimately resulting in the Rangers’ 5-0 victory and their fifth World Series win.
Torey Lovullo, the manager of the Diamondbacks, has been greatly bothered by the performance of the All-Star shortstop, causing him to wish that Seager, who used to play for the team’s rival Los Angeles Dodgers, was no longer in the opposing dugout.
On Wednesday afternoon, Lovullo stated that upon hearing Seager’s departure, he personally arranged for a limousine to transport him from the airport to Texas. His motivation was to remove Seager from the NL West as soon as possible.
“No, certainly not,” Lovullo responded with a chuckle. “But I did consider it.”
After three years of being named World Series MVP for his contributions to the Dodgers’ victory over Tampa Bay, Seager led the Rangers to their first championship in 63 seasons. He had a total of six RBIs against Arizona and ended the postseason with a .318 batting average, six doubles, six home runs, 15 walks, and 12 RBIs in 17 games.
Seager’s performance puts him in the same league as Mr. October: he has hit 19 home runs and driven in 48 runs in 78 playoff games, while Jackson had 18 home runs and 48 RBIs in 78 games.
Seager expressed that being compared to someone of that caliber is truly remarkable.
In Friday’s game, Seager hit a 418-foot home run off of Paul Sewald’s first-pitch fastball to tie the score in the ninth inning. This helped Texas go on to win 6-5, with Adolis García hitting a home run in the 11th inning. In Monday’s Game 3, Seager hit a three-run home run off of Brandon Pfaadt’s first-pitch changeup, giving his team a lead. Then, in Game 4 on Tuesday, Seager hit another home run – this time a 431-foot drive to center – off of a 1-0 slider from Kyle Nelson, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
Lovullo stated that they threw a gutter ball straight down the middle and chose not to intentionally walk Seager. They acknowledged the need to improve their decision making in that situation.
In Game 3 of the World Series, Seager hit a drive at a speed of 114.5 mph, which is the fastest recorded homer since Statcast began keeping track in 2015. Seager also displayed impressive defensive skills by making a sliding stop as shortstop and executing a backhand flip to Semien for a crucial double play in the eighth inning.
“I aspire to have the same abilities as him,” stated second baseman Marcus Semien. “I spend time in the batting cage and on the field, constantly practicing to be at my best for competition. But Corey, he effortlessly positions himself, has great vision, and his swing is impeccable. When playoffs come around, he takes it to another level.”
At the young age of 29, this athlete has already been selected as an All-Star four times. While they may not show it publicly, they are quite expressive in the privacy of the clubhouse.
“Just a solid person that plays the game right, and that’s playing to win. That’s the only thing on his mind, doing whatever it takes to win that ballgame,” Bochy said. “He wants everybody to play the same way, too. And he’ll say something if that’s not the case.”
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