Kyle Seager on Mariners’ new focus of getting on base: ‘I’m gonna have to get better at it’

Jan 31, 2016, 2:29 PM | Updated: Feb 1, 2016, 9:57 am
Kyle Seager has posted on-base percentages of .316, .338, .334 and .328 in his four full seasons. (...
Kyle Seager has posted on-base percentages of .316, .338, .334 and .328 in his four full seasons. (AP)
(AP)

In the short time Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais have been in Seattle, they’ve turned the Mariners upside down. They’ve implemented a new philosophy based around the home ballpark, and Dipoto has brought in numerous players to support the vision and a core of All-Stars.

One of those All-Stars is third baseman Kyle Seager, a one-time Gold Glove winner signed with the team through the 2021 season.

Dipoto: Mariners have unique advantage, should compete for A.L. West title

What does he think of the shakeups executed by the second general manager and third manager he’s seen since first cracking the MLB roster in 2011?

“It’s been fun to follow,” Seager said Saturday at Mariners FanFest.

As for how he might fit the organization’s new strategies, which on offense includes an increased emphasis on on-base percentage and decreased one on hitting home runs, Seager’s response was candid.

“I’m gonna have to get better at it, for sure,” he said.

Seager has been remarkably consistent in his four full years with Seattle, hitting between .259 and .268, totaling somewhere between 20 and 26 home runs, and posting on-base percentages no lower than .316 but no higher than .338. While there’s something to be said about his solid and consistent numbers, they’re not exactly stellar, especially for a player on a seven-year, $100 million deal.

The good news is Seager is aware that he still has room for improvement at the plate, and he’s understands the plan put in place by Dipoto and Servais.

“It makes sense. Everything they say, it makes sense. You look at the ballpark – the plan seems smart,” he said. “Obviously it’s easier said than done … It’s a big ballpark. It’s hard to rely on home runs.”

Whether that means Seager himself will tailor his game to getting on base more is yet to seen, but the possibly makes him one of the more intriguing players to watch when the Mariners begin spring training next month.

Brent Stecker

Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Odds & Ends: Uniform notes, Julio Rodríguez snub

Seattle Sports' Brent Stecker provides a few notes on the lighter side of baseball regarding the Mariners, including their 2023 uniforms.
10 days ago
Mariners White Sox A.J. Pollock...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Breakdown: What veteran A.J. Pollock brings to the table

The Mariners are reportedly bringing in veteran slugger A.J. Pollock on a one-year deal. We look at what he adds to Seattle's roster, including insight from Dodgers announcer Joe Davis.
30 days ago
Mariners Angels Shohei Ohtani...
Brent Stecker

Are Mariners right about free agency? AL West rivals will test that theory

The Mariners will chase Houston again in 2023, but they need to keep their eyes on two AL West rivals who have turned to free agency for help.
2 months ago
Mariners offseason Brandon Drury...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Offseason: 6 under the radar free agents to fill need for 2 bats

The Mariners are looking for one or two more bats, and they have spots to fill on the corners. We look at free agents who would fit the bill.
2 months ago
Mariners Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Sweep or not, Astros now know Mariners are coming for them

Sweeps don't get any closer than the Mariners' ALDS loss to the Astros, and there are signs the perennial AL West power knows it has company.
4 months ago
Mariners Cal Raleigh Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

How did Mariners make it this far? Same reason they could keep going

The same old Mariners are gone, and the reason they made it to the ALDS is the same reason they will have a chance against the Astros.
4 months ago
Kyle Seager on Mariners’ new focus of getting on base: ‘I’m gonna have to get better at it’