LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager couldn't break the tie. Who is taller between him and Astros shortstop Carlos Correa? Both are listed at 6-foot-4, more than a half-foot taller than the average shortstop.
"I couldn't really say," Seager said. "I wasn't really thinking about it the times I stood there and talked to him, but it seems like we were eye to eye."
Two of the game's brightest young talents have a long history together, which you might not expect since Correa is from Puerto Rico and Seager is from North Carolina.
They played together on a traveling high school All-America team four years ago. Seager said he, Correa and another player rotated positions between shortstop, second base and third, playing three innings at each spot. Seager and Correa moved stage by stage through the minor leagues together, starting at advanced Class A ball in the California League. Seager, 21, is five months older than Correa, but reached the major leagues three months later, on Sept. 3.
Both will play crucial roles for their teams this postseason.
Correa's Astros defeated the New York Yankees in Tuesday night's American League wild-card game. Seager will be the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting shortstop against the New York Mets starting Friday night at Dodger Stadium in the NLDS.
"I've said from the beginning, he's all you would expect from where he was drafted and all the hype you hear about him," Seager said of Correa, the 2012 No. 1 overall pick.