Corey's older brother, Kyle Seager, reached the Majors with the Seattle Mariners in 2011.
Seager is from Kannapolis, North Carolina.
"It's a little city that's huge in NASCAR. The legend Dale Earnhardt was born and raised here," Corey said.
Seager talked about his favorite player growing up.
"Derek Jeter. Both of my parents are from Upstate New York, so my dad was a Yankees fan and I grew up a Yankees fan. Then, there are the obvious reasons why. Great player, great person, great teammate. He's just a true professional. And I'm still waiting to meet him."
The younger Seager graduated from Northwest Cabarrus High School in Concord, North Carolina in 2012 with a commitment to the University of South Carolina.
In 2012, Corey hit .519/.664/1.062 with 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 13 steals for Northwest Cabarrus High, winning state player of the year honors. He was also an excellent student, with a weighted GPA of 4.05.
June 2012: The Dodgers chose Seager in the first round, the 18th player chosen overall. And Corey signed with scout Lon Joyce on June 30. The MLB slot/pool amount was $1.95 million, but Seager got $2,350,000.
Seager was the first position player to be selected No. 1 by the Dodgers since James Loney in 2002.
In the spring of 2013, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Seager as the 3rd-best prospect in the Dodgers organization. They moved him up to #2 in the winter before 2014 spring training.
In 2015, he was rated as the #1 prospect in the Dodgers farm system.
- Corey is a quality character young man. He's just an all-around great guy.
- Seager exudes polish for his age and shows a natural ability to slow the game down, both at the plate and in the field. He already has a physical frame and should get stronger in time.
One thing that impresses the Dodgers about the 6-foot-4, 215-pound shortstop is what doesn't have a number attached—Seager's baseball IQ. "His passion for the game is truly unbelievable, and his knowledge and understanding of what he's seeing, what the opponents are trying to do to him, the pitching, is also unbelievable," Dodgers vice president of player development De Jon Watson said. "It's very refreshing to see."
Watson said that Seager's baseball intellect is an important component in his development. "We think it's a very big piece for us," Watson said. "He had some help, obviously from his brother playing at the Major League level. I'm sure they communicate often.
"We also love the kid's make-up and his work ethic. He has an unbelievable passion for the game," Watson added. "We also like the way he plays—he understands the pace of the game. He has an internal clock of the actual flow of the game, which is really nice to see in young players. He has a very advanced approach to hitting. We're excited to have him in the organization."
Seager, a lefthanded hitter, said his older brothers helped him develop his passion for the game and his baseball IQ. Kyle Seager plays for the Seattle Mariners, and Justin Seager played at the University of Charlotte.
"I grew up with two older brothers … I was always competing with them," Seager said. "I was always trying to find ways to win. It was really competitive. Both brothers helped me become who I am. I'm really grateful for both of them." Seager said that Kyle has helped him transition into pro baseball and handling the status of a top pick.
"My brother gave me some really good advice," Seager said. "He told me to make every level my big leagues. He said to get out there and compete like that's the highest level, and not worry about where you are. He said to just go out there and compete and try to win a ball game for your team every day."
Justin Seager was drafted in the 12th round of the MLB draft by the Mariners in 2013, joining brothers Kyle (Mariners) and Corey (Dodgers organization) in pro baseball. Before a June 2013 game at Safeco Field, pitcher Danny Farquhar approached Kyler Seager at his locker.
“There's a guy out there who looks exactly like you!” Farquhar said.
Seager smiled and hurried out of the clubhouse to greet his younger brother, Justin.
If all three brothers make it to the big leagues, the Seagers would become one of the few three-tiered baseball families, a list that includes the Alous, the Cruzes, the Boyers, the Pacioreks, the Molinas, and the DiMaggios.
“You really can’t put it into words,” said Jeff Seager, an IT operations manager at a bank. “We’re just really, really excited for all three. They’ve worked very hard. They’re self-motivated. They deserve all the credit they get. They put in all the effort, and now they get to reap the rewards.”
Jeff, who played college ball at Farleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, coached all three growing up, “and still to this day, he’ll throw us batting practice,” Kyle said. “He’s the one who taught us all the fundamentals, really introduced us to the game.”
Kyle and the 6-foot-4 Corey were both high-school All-Americans at Northwest Cabarrus, while Justin was something of a late bloomer, stymied by a broken vertebra from weightlifting that wiped out his junior year.
Their childhood was a blur of sporting activities, mainly baseball but also basketball and soccer. Kyle was six years older than Corey and four years older than Justin, so it was the two younger brothers who were usually teammates, while Kyle's career played out ahead of them.
Jody Seager, who teaches P.E. at O'Dell Elementary School in Concord, N.C., where all her boys attended, provides one famous family story.
There is a close, supportive relationship among the Seager brothers. Jeff notes proudly how Justin is not at all jealous of the success of his siblings, and how each pulls for the other. Jody says with a laugh that the boys were destined to be baseball players. (Larry Stone-Seattle Times-6/16/13)
Corey says that when he's not playing baseball, "I like to hunt and play golf with my buddies.
His favorite TV show: "The Big Bang Theory."
Favorite movie: "Tommy Boy."
Favorite musician: Eric Church.Food: "I love to eat steak or hamburgers," Corey said.Team I root for the most: North Carolina Tar Heels.
Besides baseball what are other things Corey enjoys?
"I go hunting every offseason. I like golfing, but I'm not very good at it. It's just fun to go with buddies and hang out. I've gotten into video games a little more of late. Still not very good at those either."
As far as with teammates: "We go out to eat sushi . . . a lot. We hang out and watch TV, play video games ..."
And he likes country music: "My favorite guys right now (2016) are Chase Rice, Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt."
Seager is a strong position playing prospect—one of the best in recent Dodgers history. He has the potential for a higher ceiling than his brother Kyle, the third baseman for the Mariners.
"He's a kid who comes from a great baseball family. They communicate every day,” Dodgers farm director De Jon Watson said. “The sharing that they do definitely helps with his understanding of the game.
“He’s very poised. Extremely poised. He gets it and he works his tail off. He has a great work ethic . . . I could talk about this cat for hours. I think he’s going to be a really good player in the big leagues.”
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti calls shortstop Corey Seager “about as strong a position-player prospect as we’ve had in our system in a while.”
Seager says he doesn't get caught up in thinking about the future, moving up the ladder, getting to the Major Leagues, none of that.
"To be honest, I don't think about it much," Corey said of the high expectations. "One good piece of advice my brother [Kyle] gave me was make every league your big leagues. I don't really look forward. I just kind of play where I am.
"I talk to both of my brothers almost every night just to see how they're doing," Seager said. "When we're struggling, kind of tell them what's going on and they might have a little quick fix. I have good relationships with my brothers."
In 2014, Cory Seager and Joc Pederson were named Dodger's co-Minor League Players of the Year.
Spring 2015:Friedman and the Dodgers’ new hierarchy of decision-makers clearly see Seager as the team’s shortstop of the future. But how close is that future?
“I don’t think it’s fair to necessarily put a timeline on him,” Friedman said. “He’s an incredibly impressive prospect. His hands work really well on both sides of the ball. He’s got a maturity about him both in terms of how he prepares and how he plays the game.
“It’s obviously too difficult to say when he will be ready. But we feel really good about his chances of being a good Major League player down the road.”
Manager Don Mattingly prefaced his remarks by saying that he didn't want to put a hex on Seager, who is being groomed to be the shortstop of the future. But Mattingly said Seager's lefthanded swing was like John Olerud's and that his 6-foot-4, 215-pound body was like that of Cal Ripken, considering the position.
Seager has heard the comparison with Ripken because of his body type, but he hasn't tried to copy the Hall of Famer.
Seager's role model has been brother Kyle, the third baseman of the Mariners.
"Even though we have a different body type, he was always my idol growing up," said Corey. "He was far enough ahead of me that I've always looked up to him. That was always the guy." (Gurnick - mlb.com - 3/10/15)
If it's sugar, give it to Corey.
"I have a sweet tooth, that's for sure," Seager said. "Mountain Dews probably my kryptonite. It gets me every time."
He's like most young men, with child-like characteristics, like his love for playing video soccer.
Another thing about Corey. He is superstitious. He puts his socks on the same way every day, and follows the same pregame routine. And early in 2015, he would not say "when," but rather "if," about making the Major Leagues.
His grounded nature, Seager said, comes from being the youngest of three brothers being raised on a farm that had three cows, and at times, pigs.
"I grew up hunting," he says. "I was kind of more the outdoors person than the Hollywood style."
In his Major League debut, in the fifth inning, Seager collected his first Major League knock when he laced a double down the right-field line. "The first hit, that was really cool,'' Seager said. "That was my first thought where I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually here.'''
Seager said he knew where that baseball will end up. "I think my parents will probably take that one for sure,'' he said. His folks were in the stands and Seager said he stole a couple peeks. "I did every once in awhile, and to see them smile was nice,'' Seager said. "It kind of made me settle in a little bit.'' But he didn't see his mother Jody's tears of joy after his first hit. "I didn't look at her then,'' he said. "I was shocked at that point.''
Seager's coming out party was muted in the L.A. clubhouse. "It would have been nice to win,'' Seager said. "But I still had fun in my first day.'' (Paris - mlb.com - 9/3/15)
"I remember watching his 8-, 9-, 10-year-old games and he was always a little bit different," brother Kyle said of Corey. "He always had a really good arm and was always a little bit bigger and he just continued to work hard. He always had the ability to slow down the game. He's an extremely hard worker and I think it's pretty rare that a guy that works really hard that also can slow the game down and has the ability to kind of breathe like he does. He's pretty special and he's going to do good things for a long time, I think.
"The funny thing about him is I remember getting called up in 2011 and he was still in high school. Going back that offseason and we're hitting and stuff and I'm showing him things I'd learned and I can specifically remember showing him some stuff and him just getting it. And then him being better than me right then. You're kind of a little frustrated that your high school brother is already better than you and you're in the big leagues, but he's got a lot of natural ability and he works extremely hard and picks up on things really well."
Corey says,"I wore cleats until I went to kindergarten, and they wouldn't let me wear them anymore and apparently I bawled my eyes out for days just because they wouldn't let me wear cleats to school," Seager said. "I wore cleats everywhere, literally, but they wouldn't let me wear them. I don't even remember it, but I've seen pictures and they tell me. They said I bawled my eyes out."
Home turf for the Seager brothers was a 10-acre farm, where they helped out with enough chores to appreciate the value of hard work and calloused hands. When they weren't playing sports, they picked the garden, trimmed the bushes and tended to a small menagerie of cows and pigs.
As a little boy, Corey pestered his parents to add some chickens to the mix. The Seagers built a coop, and everything went smoothly until Corey discovered he was petrified of them.
"They're cute when they're little, but when they grow up, not so much," Jody says of the chickens. (Jerry Crasnick - ESPN - April 2016)
Corey will spend Mother's Day 2016 out of the country as the Dodgers will be in Toronto, but the flowers and chocolate-covered strawberries will arrive at Jody Seager's house as usual. "She hates that I buy them," said the 22-year-old, "but she eats them. She loves them."
Corey has a title at home. "Corey's my baby," said mom, who also sent to professional baseball Kyle Seager -- the her eldest son and starting third baseman for the Mariners—and middle son Justin, a first baseman in Seattle's farm system.
Jody and Jeff Seager didn't just produce three ballplayers. They produced three gentlemen. Teammates, club officials and media alike have found Corey to be polite, professional and respectful, unspoiled by the attention and adulation he's received throughout his rapid climb to the Major Leagues.
"You want them to be successful in their field, but as a mom, it's even more rewarding when a stranger says she loves your son, that he's the nicest guy, signs autographs, is polite," said Jody. "That means more as a mom. I guess that means at some point, I did something right."
An athlete in her own right, having competed in track and field, volleyball and softball in school, Jody has been a schoolteacher who taught physical education for 15 years. And in her rare spare time, she was the quintessential Little League mom, according to Corey.
"A lot of miles driven to a lot of different fields, a lot of cheering, a lot, a lot of screaming," Corey recalled. "She's always been one of the moms that cheers and yells. You know the one you walk by and go, 'Who is that screaming?' That was my mom. But mostly it's been a lot of fun. She did a lot of running after me and my middle brother, Justin, while Kyle was playing. Then a lot of me running around when Kyle and Justin were playing. Then all three of us playing. She's been to a lot of places and seen a lot of the world from our playing.
"Mom wasn't a baseball coach, but she always had a lot of advice. 'Yeah, yeah, thanks, mom.' That kind of stuff. All in a loving nature." Jody said one of the toughest moments for her was when Corey was taken by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2012 draft, knowing that unlike his brothers, he wouldn't attend college but would become a teenage professional baseball player.
"He's my baby, so from that respect, it made it a little more difficult," she said. "It's kind of strange sending your 18-year-old into that world that Kyle had already been living in. But Corey has always had to keep up with his older two brothers, and that probably made him a little more prepared. Kyle always gave him pointers, he'd been through it already. It helped him to have an older brother to turn to. But I always hated to send out my youngest."
Coming in the middle of the baseball season, Jody said Mother's Day was always spent at some ballfield with one or more of her sons. Now she spends it in front of a television or computer, watching them play. "I still feel a connection," she said. "And I still get flowers and chocolate strawberries. Who can complain about that?" (Gurnick - MLB.com - 5/5/16)
July 5, 2016: It is the first All-Star selection for Seager, the club's youngest position player All-Star and first Dodgers rookie shortstop All-Star since Billy Grabarkewitz in 1970.
Seager will also meet Baltimore's Mark Trumbo in the first round of the T-Mobile Home Run Derby in San Diego.
Cory said he's been excited about competing in the Derby since a Players Association rep approached him with the possibility a few weeks ago. Seager said he's flying in his parents from North Carolina and his father will be his pitcher.
Corey loves the sitcom, "New Girl.""The chmidt character is hilarious. I am a 'New Girl' watcher. When you need hits the next day, I watch episodes of "New Girl." That's my superstition. It gets me locked in," Seager said.
Dodger teammate, the veteran Howie Kendrick, said Seager and Mike Trout have similar qualities.
"Their demeanors, just who they are as people -- they're very comfortable with who they are," Kendrick said. "They don't really let any minor things affect them throughout the game. You can just see it. The limelight and all those things, they don't really care -- because that doesn't define who they are.
"That's a testament to the way they were raised. Both guys have great parents and that says a lot about who they are as people and as players, too. If they have success or don't, they're not affected by that. They're still the same guy.
"Little things don't affect (Corey). I wish I could have been that way when I first came up. That's a gift," Howie said.
Seager was named as one of three team captains on the 2010 USA Baseball 16-and-under National Team, batting .514 with a homer and 12 RBIs while earning All-Tournament honors and helping lead the team to a gold medal at the Pan-American Games in Mexico.
October 2016: Seager was named Sporting News' National League Rookie of the Year.The 22-year-old hit .308/.365/.512, with 26 home runs, 40 doubles and 72 RBIs. The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year Award is voted upon by players. Seager garnered 143 votes from his peers. Washington's Trea Turner came in second with 15 votes, while fellow Dodger Kenta Maeda finished third with six.
November 9, 2016: Seager was selected as the NL's most Outstanding Rookie for the 2016 Players Choice Award.
November 14, 2016: Corey won the BWAA NL Rookie of the Year award -- and that is the official ROY Award.
November 18, 2016: Seager completed his rookie season awards sweep by winning the 2016 Esurance MLB Award for Best Rookie.
- Corye chews a lot of gum during games, exclusively Big League Chew's Outta' Here Original ("the official bubble gum of Ripken Baseball")
He tried Ground Ball Grape one in high school and hit four grounders to the 2nd baseman.
"Never again!" Seager said.