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Adam Kennedy is the Mariners’ designated hitter and batting cleanup tonight (seriously)

Apr 14, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

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Last season the Mariners ranked dead last in baseball with 513 runs, which was 74 runs fewer than the 29th-ranked Pirates and a historically inept total.

They’ve been slightly better so far this year, ranking 24th in scoring, but their lineup for tonight’s game against the Royals might be more embarrassing than anything that happened last year because of this:

Adam Kennedy is starting at designated hitter and batting cleanup.

Yes, the same 35-year-old Adam Kennedy who batted .249 with a .327 slugging percentage in 135 games for the Nationals last season, has hit .266 with a .361 slugging percentage during the past five years, and has never cracked 15 homers or a .450 slugging percentage in his 13-season career.

He’s starting at DH. And batting cleanup. For an MLB team. In mid-April. Gonna be another long season in Seattle.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

    Damn, I shoulda scooped Chen for my fantasy squad today!

  2. clydeserra - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Is Cust hurt, or is Ron from Parks and rec hating on the .175/313/200. (BABIP way below career norm

  3. rmalmstrom - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    That’s as bad as Felipe Lopez hitting in the cleanup spot for the Rays the other night!

  4. cur68 - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    I sense there will be no intentional pass issued to Mr.Kennedy this evening. Is there something wrong with Milton Bradley as a DH? His performance in left field against the Jays, while not seriously bumbling, seemed slow. I bet he could easily be matched by Kennedy and at least you’d have a fielder who didn’t have ear plugs in. Kennedy could bat ninth and nearly anyone could follow Ichiro. Hell, move Ichiro to 2nd or 3rd; way he hits let him drive in some runs.

  5. jwbiii - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Strange But True Department or Theatre of Small Sample Size? Adam Kennedy has started one game as a cleanup hitter. The Angels scored ten runs.

    • jwbiii - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      And Kennedy drew an intentional walk.

      • cur68 - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM

        Well hell….

  6. riverace19 - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    When King Felix leaves Seattle, attendance will go even lower. The current Mariners’ lineup is unwatchable. Aren’t there any hitting prospects that can energize this team?

    • randomdigits - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      Rendon

      • Reflex - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:50 PM

        Rendon would be the final piece of their infield if the Pirates don’t take him.

  7. SmackSaw - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Oy!

  8. kolfax - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    It’s called front office genius. When you lose a 101 games last year and do nothing in the off season to aquire anyone that hits for contact other than Kennedy, you play the hand your dealt. Wedge and Chambliss have their hands tied. If Seattle could get the opposition to spot them three runs every game, like Toronto did the other night, they might be competitive. They certainly have the pitching.

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