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Chone Figgins is now a utilityman

May 4, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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Mariners manager Eric Wedge said that Chone Figgins is no longer going to be an everyday player. His new role: utility guy off the bench.  The new third baseman/basemen: Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi.  The new leadoff hitter: Dustin Ackley. Done and done.

This is something that had to happen. Figgins has hit .231/.304/.287 in 267 games since signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the M’s before the 2010 season.

Ackley has just a .291 OBP so far this year, so he needs to turn it around for the leadoff spot to get righted before the move pays real dividends. It’s likely he will, however. Seager (.788 OPS) and Liddi (.809), however, have hit well when they’ve had the chance this year.

  1. gadyb - May 4, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Can somebody explain what happened to the catalyst we usedmto know named chone figgins? The one that helpnthe angels win in 2002??? Did he lose his desire to play? His passion for the game? This is exactly what happened to shawn kemp in the NBA in the 90s… One day he stopped caring…

    Mariners are even in the same division as angels, no excuses whatsoever on lack of consistency and lack of play…

    Any clues??? He was soo god in the past… What went wrong?

    • Reflex - May 4, 2012 at 11:28 PM

      He’s 34 and his game is based on speed. That rarely lasts into a player’s 30’s. This was a bad signing, one of the actual mistakes I do pin on Jack Z.

  2. motherscratcher23 - May 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    You typed that on an iPad didn’t you?

  3. jwbiii - May 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Speaking of typos, you meant “futilityman,” right?

  4. randygnyc - May 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    9 million per year may have something to do with his uninspired play. Nice work if you can find it.

  5. sabatimus - May 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    This whole team is an utter joke and has been for 30 years. Force Nintendo to sell; they clearly don’t care about the franchise. Figgins shouldn’t even be on the fricking team, let alone as a bench player.

  6. Old Gator - May 5, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    So he’s a utility man? Well, I guess you know what happens next. He fixes the cable.

  7. denny65 - May 5, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    That’s one small step for the Mariners….

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