Though he can afford to sit out coronavirus-delayed season, Mariners' Kyle Seager embraces chance to play

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So he's comfortable with it?

"Not really, no, because it's awkward and it's uncomfortable," he said. "Once you get moving, it gets kind of hard. You start sweating in there and then it gets a little harder to breathe with those things on. It's not ideal. It's not great, but you know this is how it is right now -- we put the mask on to do our jobs and go home."

It goes beyond being able to play games -- it's teammates and their families.

"There's been issues, obviously," he said. "We all understand about the virus. We get that we've got to protect ourselves and our teammates, and we don't want this thing to spread. So if we can control it, and if wearing a mask helps that, we can get this season rolling -- that's what I think we want to do."

During the shutdown, Seager maintained the training and nutrition regimen that helped him shave 30 pounds before the 2019 season. Because of his remote location, he worked out in his barn where he has a small gym and a batting cage set up.

"For me, it was hard to take any ground balls or go play long-toss," he said. "I didn't want to go throw it in a field and go chase it, so that was an adjustment."


Assistant hitting coach Jarret DeHart recommend a pitching machine for Seager to purchase that he could use in the cage.

"That was that was great for me, just to see the (velocity), which I hadn't really seen before and especially in an offseason or a non-baseball season, so that was big for me," he said. "I was able to get up in the mornings and got a full workout in. I was able to hit and throw it into the cage, which isn't the same as playing on a field, obviously, but I was able to make do pretty well."

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