Some guys make a lot of money.
Some guys have incredible stats.
You can have one without the other.
Alfonso Soriano, recently cut by the New York Yankees, is proof. So is Mariners infielder Kyle Seager.
While Soriano continues to make a ton of money from the Cubs, even though he no longer plays for them, Seager is making $450,000 and making a huge difference in Seattle.
It's just one of those things with baseball and all of its guaranteed money. Contracts simply aren't fair.
And there couldn't be a better illustration than Seager and fellow all-star and infielder Robinson Cano, whose contract will make him $240 million.
Seager is hitting .273 with 15 homers and 63 RBIs this season. Cano is hitting .340 with seven homers and 57 RBIs.
Baseball is most definitely something that the Seager family cares about.
And, the same way that David Carr's NFL failures with the Houston Texans hurt his brother's draft stock, Kyle Seager's MLB success has only helped his brothers.
Kyle was a third round draft pick, his brother Corey was then a third-round pick of the Dodgers and then brother Justin was drafted in the 12th round by the Mariners.
“You really can’t put it into words,” said their father, Jeff, an IT operations manager at a bank to the Seattle Times.
“We’re just really, really excited for all three. They’ve worked very hard. They’re self-motivated. They deserve all the credit they get. They put in all the effort, and now they get to reap the rewards.”
Making a GM proud
Having prospects fail to work out can ruin a general manager's career.
Having a guy succeed with a small salary like Kyle can prolong a GM's career.
While Jack Zduriencik isn't always the most popular of GM's, he has kept his job despite four straight losing seasons.
While higher prospects like Dustin Ackley, Nick Franklin and Brad Miller have had issues, it has been Seager who has been his best pick.
Franklin struggled in the majors this year and is currently in Triple-A while Ackley is struggling at .229 and Miller is hitting .208.
Ackley is the one closest to Seager. The two played high school AAU together along with going to North Carolina together and, Seager admits, Ackley was always the star.
But that doesn't matter now as Seager continues to learn playing near a superstar like Cano.
“I talk to [Cano] all the time about hitting and his approach,” Seager told SI.com.
“Anytime I can pick his brain, I will – he does a lot of small stuff in game that helps me out so much. If we’re playing a team we’ve played a lot, he talks about specific pitchers and pitches he gets, and he’ll come up to me before an at-bat and he’ll tell me exactly what to expect, and sure enough it’s what I get.That’s definitely given me a bit of an edge this season.”
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