On October 3rd (local time), the Mariners, who had the potential to advance to the postseason, fought the final match of the season against the Angels at the overcrowded home of T-Mobile Park. The game was inferior from the beginning, and Kyle Seager, who had been in the starting lineup at “4th and 3rd base”, was replaced in the middle of the 9th inning. He retired to the bench with great cheers. At this time, few must have noticed that Seger could never be seen playing as a major leaguer. However, knowing that Seger himself would be the last active game, he was in the final round of the season.
Seger, who announced that he would retire from active duty only this season, told reporter Ryan Divish of the local newspaper “Seattle Times” that he knew that he would say goodbye to baseball at that time (= the final game of this season). I knew that if I didn’t advance to the postseason, it would be my last chance to play baseball. The last at bat, the last chance, the last inning. That was in my mind. ” “There were so many emotions swirling that day. It was magical that my family came out at the opening ceremony before the game. That day became emotional at a very early stage,” he said. I looked back on the last day of my life.
“I really wanted to win to break through this situation (which I said I didn’t make to the last postseason in 2001) and get something that fans couldn’t see for a long time,” he said. He also talked about his feelings. It was before the start of the season that his idea of retirement first came to mind. He knew that the team option was unlikely to be exercised and knew that it would be his last season to play for the Mariners, who had spent all his life as a professional baseball player. “I’ve been thinking about it since spring training. (Retirement) was an easy decision, because I love my family as much as baseball,” says Seger.
Although Seger has been offered by several teams, he remains willing to return to his family. “My mind was set before the end of the season. Lockouts and various uncertainties aren’t good for the ball world, but it doesn’t matter to my decision. I decided to retire earlier.” He clearly denied that lockout influenced his decision to retire. Seger decides to take off his uniform at the young age of 34 for his family. He has scored more than 20 home runs in the season nine times in his 11-year major career with the Mariners, which is a team tie record alongside Ken Griffey Jr.