Kim Seaman

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Kim Michael Seaman

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Kim Seaman was born on May 6, 1957 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

He attended Live Oak Academy in Moss Point, MS. The lefthanded pitcher was picked by the Houston Astros in the 23rd round of the June 1975 draft. He didn’t sign and went to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College instead. In the January 1976 amateur draft, he was selected by the New York Mets in the secondary phase.

Seaman's first season as a pro was with the Wausau Mets, in the Midwest League. He was part of the starting rotation for most of the second half of the season. His record was 4-5 in 15 games (10 starts) with a 5.54 ERA. He allowed 58 hits and 42 walks in 52 innings. He was back with Wausau in 1977 where he was a starting pitcher all season. He led the team with 27 starts, 4 complete games, 2 shutouts and 144 strikeouts. His record was 8-8 with a 3.91 ERA.

For his third pro season, 1978, Seaman was used mostly as a reliever in AA with the Jackson Mets, in the Texas League. The team was very strong on the mound with future major leaguers Jeff Reardon, Neil Allen and Greg Harris. Seaman led the team with 42 appearances and his ERA of 2.13 in 97 innings was second behind Allen. He struck out 117 for the third-best ratio in the league, behind Mark Clear and Dave Righetti. After the season, the Mets placed him on the 40-man roster but not for long. In December, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals along with outfielder Tom Grieve for another lefty, Pete Falcone.

In 1979, he was assigned to the Springfield Redbirds, in the American Association where he struggled, especially with his control, allowing 64 walks in 85 innings. He made 11 starts in 31 appearances. His record was 7-4 with a 5.72 ERA. He was called up in September, making only appearance and pitching two scoreless innings against the New York Mets at the end of a 6-2 Cards loss.

Seaman began the 1980 season with Springfield. In early June, he was called up by the Cards. He did fairly well in June, winning 2 games with 2 saves and 2 holds in 11 outings. But he allowed at least one run in 3 of 5 appearances in July before he was demoted to AAA. He came back in September when he allowed only one run on 4 hits in 7 2/3 innings in 9 games. His final record for the season with St. Louis was 3-2 with 3 saves and a 3.42 ERA, allowing only 16 hits in 23 2/3 innings. It was his last time in the majors. After the season, he was part of a spectacular multi-player trade with the San Diego Padres. Along with Seaman, Terry Kennedy, John Littlefield, Al Olmsted, Mike Phillips, Steve Swisher and John Urrea went to San Diego in return for Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley, Gene Tenace and Bob Geren.

He spent the 1981 season with the Hawaii Islanders in the Pacific Coast League. He was a swingman with 13 starts in 30 games. His record was 6-8 in 114 innings with a 5.29 ERA. He was again with Hawaii when the 1982 season began but in May, he was traded to the Montreal Expos for utility infielder Jerry Manuel. Playing for the Wichita Aeros in he American Association, he had the best strikeout ratio on the team (56 in 57 innings) in an otherwise very difficult season. His record was 1-6 with one save with a 6.32 ERA in 43 relief outings.

Seaman pitched briefly with the Vancouver Canadians, in the PCL in 1983, the Milwaukee Brewers' AAA affiliate. In 6 games, he allowed only 1 run. It was his last run in pro baseball.

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