TORONTO -- With his two RBIs in Tuesday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays, third baseman Kyle Seager became just the fourth player in Mariners history to record 80 or more RBIs in one of the first two seasons of his career.
Seager is in his second year in the Majors after playing 53 games last season. His 81 RBIs put him in pretty elite company, as he joins Alvin Davis (116 as a rookie in 1984), Jim Presley (84 in his second year in 1985) and Ken Griffey Jr. (80 in his second year in 1990).
Since 2008, only four other American League players have notched 80-plus RBIs in one of the first two years of their careers -- Mark Trumbo of the Angels (2011), Evan Longoria of the Rays (2008-09) and Josh Hamilton of the Rangers (2008).
"The way he's swinging the bat, he's really figuring it out," said manager Eric Wedge. "He's been a good run producer for us. He's had big hits at big times."
The majority of those big hits have come on the road. Going into Wednesday's game, Seager had 57 of his 81 RBIs and 14 of his 18 home runs in away games. He's hit .288 on the road and .214 at Safeco Field.
Seager totaled 13 RBIs in 182 at-bats last year as a rookie. This year he's at 81 in 507 at-bats. He is the first Mariners player to surpass 50 RBIs on the road since Jose Lopez racked up 56 in 2009.