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Seager deserving of All-Star consideration

Seager deserving of All-Star consideration

SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager hasn't been among the top five third basemen in American League All-Star voting results over the first month of balloting, but that might be a growing oversight considering the numbers he has been putting up recently.

Consider this. A's third baseman Josh Donaldson is the runaway leader in the latest tally with 2.4 million votes. Donaldson's offensive numbers going into Wednesday's games: .248/.331/.474 with 12 doubles, 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in 76 games.

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As for Seager? The Mariners' third sacker has a .260/.334/.469 line with 19 doubles, 11 home runs and 53 RBIs.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is second in the third-base voting at just over 1.3 million, has hit .321/.363/.488 with eight homers and 36 RBIs. Baltimore's Manny Machado is third in the voting, but he missed the first month following knee surgery and has hit just .237 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 49 games.

Evan Longoria of the Rays and Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays are fourth and fifth, respectively, in the balloting. Longoria is hitting .264 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs, while Lawrie is at .244 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs.

Robinson Cano is currently the only Mariners player among the top five at his position in the balloting as he leads all AL second basemen. But Seager at least belongs in the conversation at third base and fans can still vote for him and other starting position players at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15, on FOX.

Manager Lloyd McClendon believes Seager has the potential to be one of the elite third basemen in baseball and said the potential is just starting to be tapped.

"Kyle is an accomplished hitter. He knows what he's doing at the plate," McClendon said, "but I probably expect a little bit more than you guys. I think there's big room for improvement, and he's doing a nice job and he's swinging the bat, he's hitting some home runs, he's driving in some runs, but I've been around the game a long time and Kyle Seager is not a .260 hitter. There has to be some more progress and some more steps to take and that's my responsibility to get it out of him. But he's doing great. He's got to take that next step."

And that challenge is welcomed by the 26-year-old from North Carolina.

"Absolutely, that's something I really appreciate," said Seager. "I enjoy it. I enjoy the fact he's going to challenge you and it's not just a generic thing, it's been specific. We've had detailed conversations about being able to be consistent and use the whole field and to minimize your lulls and kind of ride the waves a little longer. That's what we've talked about. We've had quite a few meetings about it and everything and trying to be more of a total hitter. It's been good."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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