Found February 21, 2012 on
In what will be a controversial fantasy decision, the Mariners manager Eric Wedge has decided he’ll bat long-time lead-off hitter Ichiro Suzuki third in the lowly Seattle lineup. The move is far from minor and its effects will be felt up and down the top half of the Mariners lineup.
Starting with the obvious, we’ll definitely see more than 47 RBI from Ichiro this season. In fact, Ichiro should obliterate his career-high 69 RBI he tallied way back in his rookie season (2001).
Possibly less obvious, though, I wouldn’t expect Ichiro to sacrifice runs for the extra RBI. He scored just 74 and 80 runs in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and do you really expect him to all of a sudden become a 60-run scorer just because he moved back two spots? Sure, Ichiro has no one batting after him right now (unless you count Mike Carp someone, which I don’t), but guess what…he had no one batting after him before!
What’s really interesting is Ichiro’s projected home run total. For the dur...
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Last year, Ichiro Suzuki had his worst season. The Seattle Mariners right fielder and future Hall of Famer hit .272, 54 points below his lifetime average. He also had an OPS+ of 84 and -0.4 WAR and failed to win a Gold Glove or top 200 hits for the first time in his career, the ageless wonder finally starting to look like a player pushing 40. The Mariners have been through this before...
First reported by Geoff Baker from the Seattle Times Mariners blog
M's manager Eric Wedge announced today that M's future hall of famer Ichiro Suzuki will indeed bat 3rd in 2012.
Geoff reported on his blog that Wedge confirmed the No. 3 spot in the batting order to begin the 2012 regular season.
Chone Figgins will get first crack at replacing Ichiro atop the order.
24K per bat…NICE!
The final player to report to the Seattle Mariners Peoria sports complex training grounds this spring was none other than Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro, who transitioned from the Japanese to American League in 2001 has a trail of stats and awards that have been the envy of every major league team for the past decade.
Ichiro has been one of the only reasons that Mariners...
For the last 11 seasons, Ichiro Suzuki at the top of the order has been the one constant in Seattle. Ichiro isn’t leaving Seattle, but as Eric Wedge announced today, he won’t be leading off for the Mariners any more:
#Mariners manager Eric Wedge just announced that Ichiro will hit 3rd in the lineup this season.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) February 21, 2012
For most of his...
There are not too many occasions during a baseball off season when a story makes your jaw drop to the floor. The Pujols signing by the Angels and the Pineda/Montero deal were two such occasions. Now there's a third. Eric Wedge has told the press that Ichiro Suzuki will be moved out of the lead off spot to third in the line up and Chone Figgins will lead off for the Seattle Mariners...
Ichiro Has A New Role
Reports out of the Seattle Mariners spring training facility in Peoria, Arizona on Tuesday morning have Mariners manager Eric Wedge moving Ichiro Suzuki to the number three spot in the batting order for the upcoming season.
Wedge has stated that Ichiro gives the club the best chance at scoring runs this season, a spot that the Mariners desperately need to...
According to a recent story in the Seattle Times, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has changed his swing, presumably because of his move to third in the batting order.
Said the Times’ Larry Stone:
For one thing, in batting practice Ichiro has unveiled a much wider, and more balanced, stance. For another, he’s not lifting his front leg, not perceptibly. His hands are lower...
Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season having Chone Figgins bat leadoff and hit Ichiro Suzuki third in the Mariners batting order. Wedge made the announcement on Tuesday. It will be the first time in his career that Suzuki will not bat leadoff on a regular basis, having hit somewhere else in the batting order only a few times in his decade-long career with the Mariners.
Spring training is in full swing for the Seattle Mariners, and it hasn’t been without news. The biggest item of interest — so far — came Tuesday, when M’s manager Eric Wedge confirmed that Ichiro Suzuki will no longer bat in the leadoff spot, where he’s been for 11 years. Instead, Ichiro will hit third [...]
Big news coming out of Mariners camp early on, as Ichiro Suzuki is apaprently going to be losing his spot at the top of Seattle's order. Reportedly replacing him will be the much-maligned former big name free agent Chone Figgins.
Now, on the surface, this immediately looks like a disaster. I mean, Ichiro is a guy who's a lock to hit .300 every year and get on base at a decent...
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Seattle manager Eric Wedge says he will begin the season having Chone Figgins bat leadoff and hit Ichiro Suzuki third in the Mariners batting order.
The Mariners haven't played a single game this spring, so, clearly, much of the Kyle Seager conversation is speculative at the moment. But many of you have show interest in the topic today, especially when it comes to whether or not the young infielder will break camp.
In the end, unless Seager rips the cover off the ball with his bat, his fate -- at least for the early part...
Mariners manager Eric Wedge just confirmed moments ago that he is moving Ichiro to the No. 3 spot in the batting order to begin the regular season. Chone Figgins will get first crack at replacing Ichiro atop the order.
Wedge also said Dustin Ackley is the leading contender to hit second, but others will get a look in that spot as well.
"I've done a lot of thinking about...
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.