It’s fair to say that Dodgers fans have been spoiled with talent for the last couple of years. The number of All-Star caliber players that have come up through the farm system carved a path to a 2020 World Series title after a long wait. One of those talented guys was Corey Seager.
Seager’s journey to the Dodgers 2020 World Series MVP has not come without its share of struggles though. His back went out during the 2017 playoffs, he had to have Tommy John Surgery and hip surgery in 2018, and his hamstring imploded in 2019. Then in 2020, he faced a worldwide pandemic that brought along challenges of its own in the baseball world.
But that wasn’t the only challenge the All-Star shortstop faced. Last winter, the Dodgers were reportedly heavily involved in the Francisco Lindor sweepstakes. When Seager found out about it, it was a wake-up call that opened his eyes to the business side of baseball that we often forget about. Seager spoke with The Atheltic about the rumors that still continue to circulate even today.
You understand that it’s still a business. But until it happens to you, you don’t really get it. That was my first time of going: ‘You know what? It really is a business.’ This is a decision that they have the right to do and can do if they want to — and still can if they want to.
The Dodgers are facing the possibility of losing Seager after the 2021 season. While many would like to see him extended, it would be up to Los Angeles to see where they would like to place their dollars long-term. For Seager, it’s all about showing up and doing your job every single day, the rest will take care of itself.
I basically just didn’t think about it. Didn’t let it affect me. I went about my business of trying to get my body right to come play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. And if it changed it, it changed. You can’t sit there and dwell and wonder if I’m going to be here or there. You’ve got to prepare to be able to show up at Camelback Ranch.
The Dodgers being involved in the Nolan Arenado rumors and still involved in the Lindor rumors doesn’t make the situation any better. And if they were to miraculously make a move for one of those guys, it doesn’t necessarily mean that LA won’t extend Seager. Unfortunately, it does make it that much more difficult to pull off.
But regardless of the team’s plans, Corey sounds ready to build off of an impressive 2020 campaign.