Originally published by DodgerBlue.com
Soon after Corey Seager helped the Texas Rangers cap off an undefeated road record during the postseason that culminated with winning the World Series, his past with the Los Angeles Dodgers was brought up during a press conference.
“I’ll ask you the question that I texted most especially this whole series. Why did the Dodgers let you go?” the veteran MLB reporter said.
Seager didn’t offer much of a response, other than appear to mumble, “I don’t know.”
The moderator quickly asked the room for any final questions, and while that helped matters, it still led to revisiting Seager’s past success with the Dodgers and his two World Series MVP trophies.
“I guess we’ll figure that out later,” Seager answered when asked if he needed to re-arrange some of his hardware at home due to now having multiple World Series MVP Awards.
The 29-year-old was selected by the Dodgers with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft. He became one of their top prospects before making his MLB debut during 2015 season.
Seager unseated a struggling Jimmy Rollins as the starting shortstop and assumed full-time duties at the position the following year. He went on to enjoy a wildly successful career with the Dodgers that included back-to-back All-Star Game selections, Rookie of the Year Award, two Silver Sluggers and a World Series championship.
Despite being a homegrown star, the Dodgers failed to re-sign Seager following the 2021 season. He instead departed in free agency by joining the Rangers on a 10-year, $325 million contract.
Seager was part of a Rangers spending spree that included Marcus Semien and Jon Gray as they were coming off a 102-loss season.
“A lot of it was C.Y. (general manager Chris Young). Just the way he laid it out, how he laid it out. He didn’t hide from anything,” Seager explained of signing with the Rangers.
“He didn’t shy away from anything. He knew where they were and he knew where they wanted to go. It’s just awesome. This is the vision, right? So kind of a loss for words. But it’s a really special moment.”
Corey Seager makes MLB history with World Series MVP
Seager, Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson are the only players in MLB history to win multiple World Series MVP Awards.
Seager previously accomplished the feat with the Dodgers when he was named 2020 World Series MVP. That came after being named MVP of the National League Championship Series.
Jackson and Seager are the only players to ever be named MVP of the World Series for different teams. But Seager is the first player in MLB history to win World Series MVP in both leagues.
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