Column: Top Eastern players to reach the majors

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

The MLB playoffs begin Tuesday, and according to the Eastern athletic department, three former Eastern baseball players are on the coaching staffs of teams that will be participating in the postseason.

Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Derek Johnson and Milwaukee Brewers hitting coach Andy Haines all played for the Panthers in the past.

To commemorate the start of the postseason, let’s take a look at some of the most successful MLB players to come from Eastern.

 

Kevin Seitzer

Before he was the hitting coach for the Braves, Seitzer enjoyed a productive 12-year MLB career.

Of the 14 players from Eastern to reach the majors, Seitzer is first in hits, RBI, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and at bats. His career WAR of 28.9 is also first among Eastern alums.

Seitzer’s best career season was his rookie season with the Kansas City Royals in 1987. Taking over at third base after future Hall-of-Famer George Brett moved over the first, Seitzer slashed .323/.399/.470, led the league with 207 hits and made the American League All Star Team. He also finished second in rookie-of-the-year voting that season.

His 5.5 WAR in 1987 was the highest of his career. Seitzer was also an all star in 1995 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.

 

Marty Pattin

Charleston native Marty Pattin was the most successful MLB pitcher to come from Eastern.

Pattin played from 1968 until 1980, racking up 114 wins to go with 109 losses. He made the American League All Star team in 1971 and posted a record of 14-14 with a 3.13 ERA that season.

The 1971 season was Pattin’s only season as a full-time starting pitcher, starting all 36 of the games he appeared in. He filled more of a hybrid role for much of his career, making 224 starts and 251 relief appearances.

 

Randy Myers

Only one Eastern alum has made an all star team and won a World Series during their player career, and that alum was Randy Myers.

In fact, Myers made four all star teams in his career. His first all star appearance came in the 1990 season when he was with the Reds.

Myers pitched 86.2 innings out of the bullpen in 1990, notching 31 saves and striking out 98 batters.

In the playoffs that season, Myers was named the NLCS MVP, pitching 5.2 scoreless innings in the series and picking up three saves. The Reds won the World Series that season for the first time since 1976.

Myers led the majors in saves three times and his 347 career saves are the 13th most on MLB history. He has six more saves than Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers.

 

Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]