Wed Dec 29 3:16pm ET
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager waves to fans after a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Seattle. Seager announced his retirement on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, after 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Mariners. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
SEATTLE (AP) Kyle Seager announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Seattle Mariners.
Always one to eschew social media, Seager made his decision known through a short statement posted by his wife, Julie, on her Twitter account.
''Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career. It's been a wonderful ride but I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter of my life,'' the statement says.
The 34-year-old Seager became a free agent after the season when Seattle opted not to exercise a club option on his contract. Rather than test the open market and with the uncertainty created by the ongoing lockout, Seager chose to call it a career.
Seager's retirement is a bit surprising considering he was coming off one of his best seasons. He hit a career-high 35 home runs and had a career-best 101 RBIs last season as Seattle made a late run into playoff contention only to fall short in the final days.
Seager was tearfully removed from Seattle's final game on Oct. 3 in the ninth inning after the Mariners had been eliminated from the playoff race.
''That was pretty special for me. That was a real moment,'' Seager said after the season finale. ''Obviously, you know this moment is gonna happen. You think about it, you think about how you're going to feel but you can't prepare for that. That was really special.''