Corner infielder and designated hitter Kevin Seitzer is born in Springfield, Illinois.
In the tail end of his eleventh season in the Majors, Seitzer finally got an opportunity to reach the postseason when he was dealt in August of 1996 …
As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the greats who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.
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Former Indian Kevin Seitzer may have had to wait until the end of his long career before finally making it to the postseason with Cleveland, but by that time he had already made an impression on Major League Baseball long before.
As a rookie for the Kansas City Royals in 1987, Seitzer – who wore #20 on his back for the entire second half of his career – had one of the greatest seasons by a first year player in the past half century. He played in 161 games, logging an AL-best 725 plate appearances, while batting .323 with 15 home runs, 83 RBI, 33 doubles, eight triples and a league-best 207 hits during his first year. Seitzer was the first rookie to amass 200 hits since 1964, when Tony Oliva of the Twins and Dick Allen of the Phillies both accomplished the feat, and was just the 12th rookie ever to do it. Only Nomar Garciaparra of Boston in 1997 and Ichiro Suzuki of Seattle in 2001 have done it since.