Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is having an awesome rookie season, hitting .322 with 22 home runs and on pace to score more than 100 runs. Older brother Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners is having a terrific season as well, on pace to hit 30 home runs and top 100 RBIs — not that anybody is talking much about him. In fact, Kyle ranks seventh among all position players in WAR (5.7), and Corey (5.3) ranks 10th.
So, inquiring minds want to know: Where does this rank among the best brother seasons ever? Let’s do some digging. Note that some of the best brother combos never managed to align their best seasons — such as Pedro and Ramon Martinez — and I didn’t consider cases where one brother was a star and the other wasn’t, such as Cal and Billy Ripken.
Paul and Lloyd Waner (1927)
The only brothers in the Hall of Fame, Paul was a legitimate star, but Lloyd is one of the worst Hall of Famers, a singles-hitting outfielder who hit .300 in an era when everyone hit .300. They were longtime teammates with the Pirates, Lloyd in center field, Paul in right.
For their best season, I’d go with 1927, when the Pirates reached the World Series. Paul was in his second season and won NL MVP after leading the league in batting average and RBIs, and Lloyd was a rookie who led the league with 133 runs.
What makes the Seager brothers so impressive is that both are going to pass 6.0 WAR — the only other example I found was the Perry brothers in 1969 — with a chance to reach 7.0 WAR. It’s hard to beat what the Dean brothers did in 1934, teaming up to win a World Series, but Corey and Kyle might be having the best brother season ever.
But there are five other managers whose seats are hot, and the next five weeks may determine their futures:
Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox
The White Sox’s front office was split at the trade deadline on whether it should buy, sell or stand pat. It selected the latter, with its only significant move being the trade of reliever Zach Duke. Ventura is 357-416 (.462 win percentage) in his five-year stint as White Sox manager with only one winning season, and that was back in 2012, his first year as skipper. The White Sox must decide if they’re going to sell and rebuild and have Ventura start again from scratch, or try to win with this team. If they decide the latter, they might decide to try a different voice in the managerial chair.
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