Seay with the Detroit Tigers
|Born: June 20, 1978|
|August 14, 2001, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2009, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Earned run average||4.16|
|Representing the United States|
|Pan American Games|
|1999 Winnipeg||Team Competition|
|2000 Sydney||Team Competition|
Robert Michael Seay (pronounced "See") (born June 20, 1978) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher He has previously played for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2001 to 2004, the Colorado Rockies in 2005, and the Detroit Tigers from 2006 to 2009.
Seay is a graduate of Sarasota High School in Sarasota, Florida, where he compiled a 30–4 record in three years (1994–1996) with a 0.79 earned run average (ERA) and 362 strikeouts in 221⅓ innings pitched. He led Sarasota High School to the Florida State Championship and #16 national ranking in his senior year, going 10–2 with an 0.70 ERA and 122 strikeouts and 29 base on balls in 70 innings. Seay was named First-team High School All-American and a finalist for Louisville Slugger's High School Player of the Year Award. Seay was drafted 12th overall by the Chicago White Sox in 1996 but was granted free agency based on Major League Baseball's amateur draft rule 4-3.
Tampa Bay Rays
Seay was signed by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and made his Major League debut in 2001. His first appearance was in Yankee Stadium, allowing 1 hit and no runs. For the 2001 season, Seay pitched in 12 games.After the season, Seay was designated for assignment.
He signed a minor league deal to stay in Tampa. He missed most of the 2002 season with a shoulder injury.
Then, only after three games with the Rockies he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left pectoral muscle. After the injury, Seay managed to appear in 14 more games. His ERA finished at 8.49 with Colorado.
In 2009, Seay tore his rotator cuff in his left shoulder, ending a solid season in which he compiled a 6–3 record and 4.25 ERA out of the Tigers bullpen. After spending all of 2010 trying to recover without surgery, Seay gave in and scheduled surgery.
- Baseball Draft: 1st Round of the 1996 June Draft – Baseball-Reference.com
- Bobby Seay's ESPN Profile Page
- Detroit Press News reporting the surgery.