Former Tar Heel Kyle Seager shared a special moment with his brother when they matched up for the first time in the big leagues.
Kyle and Corey Seager have played in a combined 1,794 games at the big league level. On Monday, the brothers experienced something that they have never been able to before, and made a ton of Major League Baseball history in the process.
The Seattle Mariners visited the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a two-game inter league series. This marks the first time in their professional careers that Kyle and Corey have had the opportunity to play against each other.
Prior to this series, the Dodgers and Mariners squared off in two previous series over the past six seasons. However, the two brothers did not have the opportunity to compete against each other during those series. In 2015, Corey was still in the minors when the Mariners visited Los Angeles, and was on the injured list when the two teams squared off in 2018.
Kyle and Corey Seager set to make Big League history tonight in Los Angeles. #Mariners
— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) August 18, 2020
The Seager brothers become the 15th set of brothers in Major League history to face each other after both made previous All Star Game appearances. Kyle represented the Mariners in the 2014 All Star Game, while Corey earned two All Star Game selections as a member of the Dodgers during the 2016 and 2017 campaign.
Here is the list of brothers they join as part of this accomplishment:
Rick and Wes Ferrell (1933)
Lloyd and Paul Waner (1941)
Dom and Joe DiMaggio (1941)
Harry and Dixie Walker (1943)
Walker and Mort Cooper (1946)
Matty and Felipe Alou (1968)
Gaylord and Jim Perry (1973)
Lee and Carlos May (1975)
George and Ken Brett (1976)
Joe and Phil Niekro (1979)
Roberto and Sandy Alomar (1991)
Ramon and Pedro Martinez (1996)
Bret and Aaron Boone (2003)
Brian and Marcus Giles (2004)
The Seager brothers are the 12th set of brother to face each other with at least 75 career home runs each. They also became the fourth brother duo to have faced off after each has won either a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger Award.
Along with the already listed history, the Seager brothers continued to make history during the first game of the series.
First, Corey got the first laugh, as he blasted his sixth home run of the season in the second inning. As you can see in the video, the brothers shared a classic moment as Corey rounded the bases:
The smirks say it all. pic.twitter.com/n6BpVzbX03
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 18, 2020
Kyle couldn’t be outdone by his brother. Just an inning later, the left-handed hitting third baseman hit his fourth homer of the season, which put the Seager brothers in the record books once again.
Kyle Number Two. pic.twitter.com/xSyAOZKwag
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) August 18, 2020
The Seager duo became at least the seventh set of brothers to homer in the same game since 1998. If it wasn’t cool enough that they finally had the opportunity to compete in the same big league game, making Major League Baseball history is definitely icing on the cake.
Unfortunately for them, they weren’t able to share the moment with their family. Due to the COVID-19 virus, no fans are allowed at the ballpark, so the family had to watch the special moment from home.
Even though their family couldn’t be in attendance, this has to be a special moment for the Seager family. Kyle and Corey made the most of their opportunity to play against each other, and hopefully they’ll match up again when their family can be in attendance.
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