Mariners Rookie Kyle Seager Talks About His Ventricular Septal Defect Which Led To Open Heart Surgery As An Infant

This is a fascinating story by Seattle Times columnist Geoff Baker who is a must follow on twitter @GBakerMariners. Kyle Seager was born with a heart defect called Ventricular Septal Defect or VSD. When he was an infant Seager underwent open heart surgery to correct the problem and was told later in life he would be unable to play contact sports. The Seattle Mariners rookie went out of his way to hide the condition, only letting people know about it when he absolutely had to. That is until this summer when the Jackson Generals had an 11 year old boy with the same condition throw out the first pitch prior to Seager’s game with the Mariners Double-A affiliate. It’s a must read feel good story.

Mariners’ Kyle Seager overcame open-heart surgery as infant. Infielder reached out to a young fan last month with the same condition, Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD). — Seattle Times

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