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Mitch Haniger took down a Seattle radio host for his hot take regarding former Mariners’ teammate Kyle Seager.
The Seattle Mariners made a shrewd acquisition this offseason by landing Eugenio Suarez in a trade with the Cincinnati Reds. Suarez and Jesse Winker were traded to the M’s in exchange for Brandon Williamson, Jake Fraley, Justin Dunn, and Connor Phillips.
So far, so good for Geno in the Emerald City. Looking for a bounce-back campaign after two sub-par seasons in Cincinnati, Suarez is slugging .465 with three home runs and an OPS+ of 131.
Suarez has caught the eye of local Seattle radio host Mike Salk who appears to be tickled by the addition of the third baseman. Salk said on his radio show that part of the reason he’s enjoying the Suarez era, all 43 at-bats of it, is because he wants “Kyle Seager to burn”.
Salk said that he’s every excited about the idea of the next third baseman to play for the Mariners being better than the now-retired Seager. Former teammate Mitch Haniger took exception with Salk’s comments and, via Twitter, let him know about it.
Mitch Haniger stood up for his former Mariners teammate Kyle Seager
Mitch politely called Mike Salk’s take of Kyle Seager “poo poo”. Haniger posted the sound bite to his Twitter page, and while the Seattle Mariners right fielder expects big things from Eugenio Suarez, he also didn’t want to hear anymore trash talk about his former teammate.
In October, the Mariners declined to pick up Seager’s club-option, effectively making the 34-year-old a free agent. The Texas Rangers attempted to sign the former UNC Tar Heel, but Seager decided to hang up his cleats for good and call it a career.
Kyle Seager enjoyed a fine career in Seattle. Over 11 seasons, Seager posted a .763 OPS, hit 242 home runs, made an All-Star appearance, and won a Gold Glove. Mitch Haniger sounds excited about what Eugenio Suarez will bring to the club, but he’s tired of the pundits taking shots at his longtime teammate.