Here's Kevin Seitzer missing a high five as part of his new job as the Royals' hitting coach.
On this day in 1993, Oakland signed third baseman Kevin Seitzer as a free agent. Seitzer had played the previous season as a Brewer, hitting .270/.337/.367 in 1992 before leaving as a free agent and waiting all the way into February to find a job.
Seitzer would be back in Milwaukee before long, though: He played in just 73 games for the 1993 A's before being released and returning to the Brewers. His second tour of duty in Milwaukee was much more memorable: He appeared in 391 games as a Brewer between 1993 and '96, posting an OPS of .815 or higher each season and batting .311 or better in 1994, '95 and '96.
Over his final three seasons as a Brewer Seitzer was a .318/.400/.447 hitter and made one of his two career All Star appearances. Even after leaving, he continued to pay dividends for Milwaukee: He was traded to the Indians late in the 1996 season in a deal that brought Jeromy Burnitz to the Brewers.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Erick Almonte, who turns 34.
- 1999 Brewer Rich Becker, who turns 40.
- Oakland, WI native Billy Sullivan, who would have turned 137. Sullivan played 16 major league seasons between 1899-1916 as a member of the White Sox and two other teams.