Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager was honored with his first Gold Glove award on Tuesday, and it marked a first in the long Tacoma Rainiers/Seattle Mariners relationship.
After twenty years of affiliation, Seager became the first former Rainiers player to win a Gold Glove as a member of the Mariners.
There have been other players who played in Tacoma and won the Gold Glove – but they have all done it with other teams after a trade or free agency. Adam Jones is a perfect example – he won his fourth for Baltimore on Tuesday.
But nobody came up though the Mariners farm system, stopped in Tacoma on their way to the big leagues, and won a Gold Glove for the Mariners in the last 20 years. Until now.
The award is a result of the hard work Seager put in to improve his defense, which was pretty solid but not raved about when he was in the minor leagues.
There have been a few players who won the Gold Glove earlier in their careers who played for Tacoma on rehabilitation assignments, and I figure we should mention that.
Ken Griffey Jr. jumps to mind as one, and then there is the curious case of Franklin Gutierrez.
After being acquired in a trade, Gutierrez won the Gold Glove for Seattle in 2010. He then played in a whopping 75 games for Tacoma on various rehabilitation assignments from 2011-2013.
- Here is the report on Kyle Seager winning the Gold Glove. He got the news while on vacation.
- A pair of Mariners won Player’s Choice Awards. The major awards will be announced next week.
- The M’s are taking a look at Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas, Jon Heyman reports.
- The PCL’s 2014 leader in Earned Run Average was traded yesterday. Nick Tropeano went from the Astros (Oklahoma City last year) to the Angels in a deal for Federal Way native Hank Conger. I believe the Angels are hoping Tropeano makes the big league rotation out of spring training.
I’m off for a few days. We’ll be back with a new post on Tuesday.