Kyle and Corey Seager grew up loving the game of baseball. The two brothers worked hard and made their dreams come true in making it to the MLB.
On Aug. 17, 2020, the two played against each other for the first time in their MLB career and became the first pair of brothers on opposing teams to hit a home run in the same game for the first time since 2001.
Kyle and Corey Seager’s path to the MLB
Kyle and Corey grew up in North Carolina, where they both excelled on the diamond. Kyle is the older brother, and he played in college at the University of North Carolina. He had a stellar career at North Carolina, where he had a career batting average of .353 with 17 home runs, 66 doubles, and 167 RBIs. In 2008, Kyle set a school record for doubles in a season with 30. The Seattle Mariners selected Kyle in the third round of the 2009 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut with the Mariners in July of 2011. In 2014 he was named an All-Star and won a Gold Glove award. He finished the season with a .268 batting average with 25 home runs and 96 RBIs.
Corey has had success like his brother. The LA Dodgers selected Corey out of high school in the first round of the 2012 draft. Corey made his debut in September of 2015, and he was named the NL Rookie of the Year in 2016. That same season he was named to the All-Star team and won the Silver Slugger award. Corey was named an All-Star and won the Silver Slugger award again in 2017.
Kyle and Corey have had success during their respective careers. The 2020 season was the first time that they played against each other, and it was a game for that they both will remember.
The game where the two brothers faced off against each other
Kyle is currently in his 10th season, and Corey is in his sixth. In an ESPN article, Corey talked about how it felt seeing his brother on the opposing side. “You’re still trying to win a game,” Seager said Monday, “but when you got around him, it was hard not to see your brother in the opponent.” The two were waiting for this moment to happen. In 2018, the Dodgers and Mariners faced each other, but Corey was recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Fast forward two years, and the two finally played against each other wearing different MLB jerseys. The Dodgers won the game that took place on Aug. 17, 11-9, and the Seager brothers had impressive performances at the plate.
Kyle and Corey both hit home runs during their first time playing against each other
During the game, Corey started things off hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the second and then Kyle hit a solo home run in the top of the third. It was the first time that two brothers on opposing teams homered in the same game since Felipe and Cesar Crespo did it in 2011. Kyle finished 3-for-4 at the plate, and Corey went 2-for-4.
If the two could not be teammates in the MLB, they looked forward to playing against each other, and that happened. Corey and Kyle will remember the game where they both homered for a long time, and they will continue to work hard to have a long and successful career.