Mariners’ Kyle Seager added to AL All-Star roster
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was named to the American League All-Star team on Monday, an injury replacement for Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager had a baby in one arm, diapers in the other when he learned he had accomplished a childhood dream via a call from manager Lloyd McClendon.
As Seager explained it, his phone rang as he was leaving Babies R Us after doing some shopping for newborn son Crue.
“I put the diapers down and answered the phone,’’ he said. “It was pretty cool.’’
The call came after Seager was named to the team to take the place of Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion, who was placed on the disabled list Monday with a right quadriceps strain.
It’s the first time Seager, a 26-year-old four-year veteran, has been named to the team.
“This is obviously a dream come true,’’ Seager said. “Everybody grows up, you want to play in the big leagues, you want to be an All-Star. For that to happen, it’s pretty special.’’
Seager’s addition means there will be at least three Mariners in the All-Star Game — second baseman Robinson Cano was voted in as a starter and pitcher Felix Hernandez was named to the team Sunday. The Mariners are still hoping closer Fernando Rodney will be named to the team if there are changes to the initial pitching roster.
The Mariners have sent more than two players to the All-Star Game only once since 2003. That came in 2011 when Hernandez and fellow pitchers Michael Pineda and Brandon League were selected.
“It’s good for this organization,’’ McClendon said. “I think it speaks volumes about how far we have come and where we are going. It’s nice to see. It means we performed well in the first half.’’
It’s also the first time the Mariners have had two position players named since 2006, when second baseman Jose Lopez and Ichiro were each selected.
Seager becomes the first homegrown position player to make it since Lopez, and the first player of any sort drafted by the team since Jack Zduriencik became general manager in 2009.
For Seager, it puts a happy cap on a first half that began dreadfully — he was hitting .156 through the first 20 games. But since Game 21 on April 23, he has hit .304 with all 13 of his home runs and 57 of his 59 runs batted in.
It also means there will be two Seagers in Minnesota for All-Star Weekend. His younger brother, Corey, who is in the Dodgers organization, will play in the Futures Game on Sunday.
Kyle Seager won’t arrive in time to see that game, but said the obvious of being there with his brother.
“That is really cool,’’ Seager said.
Morales calls it a misunderstanding
Kendrys Morales, who led the Mariners with a .277 average in 2013 before deciding to enter free agency, returned to Seattle on Monday with his new team, having signed with the Twins in June.
Through an interpreter, Morales said before the game he declined a three-year contract from the Mariners late last season and a qualifying offer after the season because he wanted to test the market in free agency.
“He was taking his chances to see maybe something would get better,’’ the interpreter said.
Asked if Seattle came after him again this season before he signed with the Twins, his interpreter said: “He says that they were talking to him, but unfortunately his agent and whatever Seattle was talking about, they didn’t come to accords, or there was some misunderstandings in the negotiations.’’
Morales is represented by agent Scott Boras.
• McClendon said he has still not decided on a starting pitcher for Thursday against the Twins. The spot in the rotation is open because of the decision to push Hernandez back a day so he can start against division-leading Oakland on Friday.
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