Have yourself a last 15 games? Have yourself an All-Star appearance if you’re Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager.
Seager was named to the AL All-Star team Friday afternoon after learning that Blue Jays’ OF George Springer declined his selection due to an injury. This will be the third All-Star team Seager has made in his career, and his first for the American League after spending his entire career with the Dodgers prior and making two NL rosters in 2016 and 2017.
Corey Seager will be the Texas Rangers’ second representative at the 2022 All-Star Game in Los Angeles
While the shortstop may not be a totally deserving candidate (you can make a case for his own teammate Jonah Heim having a stronger one), that’s not to say Seager isn’t deserving at all. He leads all American League shortstops with 21 home runs this season, which puts him on a pace to hit over 40 when it’s all said and done. His career high homer total in a season to this point? 26 back in 2016. He seems all but a lock to shatter that personal best in 2022.
Over his last 15 games, Seager has also been the hottest hitter on the Texas Rangers, batting a cool .328 with a .655 SLG and six home runs over that span. Over his last 30 games (dating back to mid-June), he has 10 home runs, so the power has really come on strong of late. That’s what the Rangers were expecting out of their $325 million man.
It was a matter of time before Seager would start putting it together in 2022, as his hard-hit percentages were consistently high, and the talent was too obvious. And it’s all come together now, as he’ll be representing the Texas Rangers along with Martin Perez in the All-Star Game next week in Los Angeles.
Seager, by virtue of his All-Star selection, will also get the opportunity to return to Dodger Stadium for the first time as a visitor, which is sure to be an interesting storyline.
Congratulations to Corey!