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Chone Figgins didn’t like being pinch-hit for in Seattle

Feb 26, 2014, 10:35 AM EDT

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Chone Figgins is trying to make the Dodgers’ roster. He gave a big interview to the L.A. Times about his dark time in Seattle. He mentioned one incident which set the whole relationship on a bad path, apparently:

He said the Mariners had competed well that season against the Angels and he thought Seattle would be good for him.

It wasn’t.

“It kind of says it all,” he said, “when you have just signed a $38-million contract [four years] and they pinch-hit for you in the fourth game.”

I presume he was talking about this game, which was actually the sixth game of his first season with the Mariners. The guy who pinch-hit for him: Ken Griffey, Jr. The pitcher was a righty. Griffey got a hit and and the go-ahead and game-winning RBI. At that point in the season Figgins was 4-for-29 and he had committed an error that game.

Granted, Ken Griffey Jr. was a shell of himself in 2010 so it’s not like a giant, scary stud was taking Figgins’ place. But you gotta be pretty damn full of yourself to say that being pinch-hit for by Ken Griffey Jr. on the Seattle Mariners — with the pinch-hitting appearance resulting in a game-winning RBI — is some sort of an affront.

  1. lyon810 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I’m sure the Mariners didn’t like paying for an overrated utility infielder who failed to produce anything in his 1st week on the job.

    • 1981titan - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      It was the Mariners who overrated him. He was a solid role playing starter for a number of years with the Angels whose speed changed a number games with the Angels. I distinctly remember a World Series game where he went first to third on a single to shallow left field and freaked Barry Bonds out that Chone even thought of going first to third. Set the tone for the Series.

      • Kevin S. - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Not sure you can blame the Ms for not seeing the cliff coming there.

      • drewsylvania - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        Most people thought Figgins was good. The Mariners overpaid him, but nobody expected him to fall off a cliff in season one of the contract.

  2. echech88 - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    This, paired with him apparently telling Dodger scouts he was going to “actually try” this season, sure sounds like a guy I’d want on my team.

    Just retire

  3. chacochicken - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    And with bitter tears I spent their money.

  4. connertiland - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I hope he stubs his toes really hard.

    • karlkolchak - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      Fastball to the nutsack is high on my list.

  5. mweekes22 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    A guy that couldnt hit above .200 didnt want to be pinch hit for by a hall of famer. This guy was possibly the biggest bum in mariners history. Youre a thief with no heart figgins, go die somewhere and stay out of the media you joke.

  6. hep3 - Feb 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    I was surprised he lasted as long as he did with the Angels. I remember a few times Figgins would have a fielding or baserunning gaffe and the look on Scioscia’s face was priceless. I don’t recall the Angels trying all that hard to keep him.

  7. pastabelly - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    New for the Dodgers in that they waited to take a bad guy with a bad contract until the bad contract expired. Now, they just have a bad guy.

  8. drewsylvania - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Might want to tighten your lips if you want to make a team.

  9. eagles512 - Feb 26, 2014 at 12:56 PM


  10. yahmule - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Very consistent with this guy’s personality.

  11. donniev77 - Feb 26, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Shawon Dunston thinks you misspelled your first name

  12. rrsm53 - Feb 27, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    some people just cant look in the mirror and that they are or were the problem and not everyone else. Figgins you stink period. Get over it.

  13. rightorwrong12 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Dodger fans are crossing their fingers that he doesn’t make the team.

    – Mariner’s fan (yes, we still exist)

    • joenash72 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:49 PM

      Well, there’s at least two of us M’s fans remaing.

      Quote from this blogpost: “But you gotta be pretty damn full of yourself…”

      That describes Chōne 😦

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