Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy and shortstop Corey Seager were once rivals in the National League West. Bochy led the San Francisco Giants in a multitude of battles against the Los Angeles Dodgers during his managerial run with the team. On the other hand, Seager took part in one of baseball’s most heated rivalries for seven seasons while with the Dodgers.

During the Rangers’ Fan Fest event on Saturday, Seager took some time to touch on just what Bochy will bring to Texas this year. He also looked back at the seven-year period when he viewed the longtime manager as a rival.

“We were rivals back then, weren’t we?” Seager said.

Bochy and Seager now have the same goal in mind, as they will look to push the Rangers back into the postseason. The Rangers are coming off of a 2022 season where they finished in fourth place in the American League West standings with a 68-94 record.

The Rangers have gone all out in the offseason to provide the team with a fighting chance to achieve this feat, from winning the Jacob deGrom sweepstakes to bolstering the backend of their rotation with the additions of Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney.

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For Seager, he now has his sights set on helping the team bounce back from its sluggish 2022 campaign.

“Everything’s a lot easier when you’re winning,” Seager said. “When you’re winning, things get covered up, relationships, things that happen, blah, blah, blah, right? And when you’re not, it’s trying to keep that in a room, keep it in a bubble, and keep it on the right path moving forward. You don’t want losing to spin you out from the goal you’re trying to succeed.

“I was never in that situation, where you’re trying to get somebody to buy in or hop on board. I think that was probably the hardest part about last year, just trying to get everybody in the right direction, no matter if you’re winning or losing. We took our lumps. They’ve taken the lumps the last couple of years, but we’ve still got to move this thing forward.”

A pivotal 2023 season sure awaits Texas.