Corey Seager (29) of the Texas Rangers advanced to the World Series for the third time following his time with the Dodgers.
Texas won 11-4 in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series held at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas on the 24th (Korean time), successfully advancing to the World Series with 4 wins and 3 losses. Seager, who started as the second shortstop, led the team to victory with 3 hits in 5 at-bats, 1 home run, 2 RBI, 2 runs, and 1 walk, including the go-ahead solo home run in the first inning.
Seager, who joined the Dodgers as a first-round (18th) pick in the 2012 rookie draft, has grown into the team’s top prospect, and over seven seasons with the Dodgers, he batted .2097 (718 hits in 2,419 at-bats) in 636 games, with 104 home runs and 364 RBIs, with an OPS of .870. He worked as a franchise star.
However, the Dodgers, who acquired Trey Turner through a trade, had no intention of renewing the contract with Seager, who qualified as a free agent after the end of the 2021 season, and Seager eventually left the Dodgers, where he had played for a long time, and signed a 10-year, $325 million (approximately 437.9 billion won) contract with Texas. concluded.
Seager, who had a somewhat disappointing performance last season, his first year in Texas, with a batting average of .245 in 151 games (145 hits in 593 at-bats), 33 home runs, 83 RBI, and an OPS of .772, was disappointed that he could not play many games this season due to injury, but he hit 119. He recorded outstanding results with a game batting average of .327 (156 hits in 477 at-bats), 33 home runs, 96 RBI, and an OPS of 1.013. Thanks to Seager’s performance, Texas succeeded in advancing to the postseason for the first time in seven years since 2016.
Seager’s performance continued in fall baseball. In 12 games, he batted .303 with 3 doubles (15-for-45), 3 home runs, 6 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.127, helping Texas advance to the World Series for the first time in 12 years since finishing as runners-up in the 2011 World Series. This is his third career advancement to the World Series since 2017 and 2020 when he played for the Dodgers. Seager batted .400 (8-for-20), 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, and an OPS of 1.256 in 6 games in the 2020 World Series, earning his first win and World Series MVP honors.
MLB.com, the official Major League Baseball media, praised Seager’s performance, saying, “Adolis Garcia, who won the American League Championship Series MVP, was the star of the day with 2 home runs, but Texas’ hot hitting started with Seager, Texas’ regular season MVP candidate.” illuminated.
Seager said, “We really enjoyed Game 7. “We showed our play on the pitch,” he said, expressing his thoughts on the game. Seager, who hit a 93.5 mph four-seam (150.5 km) on the second pitch from Houston starting pitcher Christian Javier and hit a large home run with an exit speed of 113.1 mph (182.0 km) and a distance of 440 feet (134 m), said, “The game plan was to target the fastball. We had to overcome the fastball. The fastball is Javier’s weapon and we knew he was going to throw it. And (in Game 3) he threw a fastball at us. So today I focused on targeting fastballs,” he explained. 굿모닝토토 주소
In this year’s postseason, both Texas, where Seager plays, and the Dodgers, Seager’s former team, advanced to the postseason. However, unlike Texas, which advanced to the American League Wild Card Series, Division Series, and League Championship Series, the Dodgers lost three games to Arizona in the National League Division Series and ended the fall baseball season without winning a single game.
Will Seager, who is enjoying fall baseball for the first time in Texas, lead Texas to its first World Series win in 62 years since its founding in 1961 and experience wins in both major leagues?