Found May 05, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
The change was coming and it finally reached the boiling point in the Mariners camp. Today, manager Eric Wedge announced that Chone Figgins has moved from leadoff man to a utility role off the bench. The new third baseman/basemen are going to be Kyle Seager and Alex Liddi. He also announced the new leadoff man is Dustin Ackley. This change is something that needed to happen, and I can't stress that enough. Figgins' batting average has fluctuated too much since joining the M's. Over the past three years he has hit .231/.304/.287 in 267 games. The team also offered him a $36 million dollar deal for four years just before the start of 2010. As for the new leadoff man, Ackley has just a .291 OBP so far this year, which I see him turning around pretty quickly. Seager on the other hand is carrying a .788 OPS and Liddi a .809 OPS. However, when Liddi and Seager have been given a chance, they have proven that they can do what they are sent out there to do. Just like any bal...
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