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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...
BEST OF MAXIM
When the news first hit that the Seattle Mariners penned big time free agent Chone Figgins to a 4 year contract the air around Seattle seemed a bit sweeter than normal. Figgins had long since plagued the M’s during his time with the Divsion rivals, the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim.
2010 was to be the year that the M’s would reclaim the glory that was...
The Seattle Mariners have benched leadoff hitter Chone Figgins after the veteran's batting average plummeted to .189 after a recent slump.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge made the announcement before the Mariners opened a six-game homestand Friday night.
Figgins has never lived up to the $36 million, four-year deal he signed with the Mariners before the 2010 season. He was moved...
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M’s back at Safeco on a losing streak
May 4 – May 7
The Seattle Mariners road trip felt more like road kill as the M’s were swept in Tampa. As the team comes home to Seattle they will be looking to snap their losing streak and improve their record at home.
The twins could be just the team to provide them with the uplift they are looking for.
Pitching match ups:
SEATTLE (AP) -- Felix Hernandez took advantage of late run support to give a needed win for the Seattle Mariners.
Hernandez and Steve Delabar combined for the 13th one-hitter in Seattle history, helping the Mariners break a seven-game losing streak with a 7-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Only Denard Span's fourth-inning roller through the right side kept...
After giving the Minnesota Twins the chance to earn a rare win, the Seattle Mariners turned the tables in the middle game of the series.
Fresh off the end to a lengthy skid, the Mariners will try to record back-to-back home wins for the second time this season in Sunday's finale.
Seattle (12-17) snapped a seven-game losing streak and a five-game skid at Safeco Field by limiting...
Rookie slugger Jesus Montero lined a two-run double in the first inning to get Seattle on the board, Mike Carp added his first homer of the season and the Mariners cruised to a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.
Seattle starter Hector Noesi took a shutout into the seventh inning before giving up a solo home run to Ryan Doumit. Despite the homer, Noesi (2-3) allowed just...
M’s Finally Snap Skid
The Headline: the Seattle Mariners 1-hit the Minnesota Twins, and break their 7-game losing streak.
Seattle Mariners 7, Minnesota Twins 0
When: 10:10 ET, Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Laz Diaz, 1B — Mike Everitt, 2B — Paul Schrieber, 3B — Tim Welke
1. The Win
Seattle Drops a Close One at the Trop
The Headline: Kyle Seager provides the spark, but the Seattle Mariners lack the fire necessary to hold down a win.
Seattle Mariners , Tampa Bay Rays
When: 7:10 ET, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Where: Tropicana Field, Tampa Bay
Umpires: Home — Jim Wolf, 1B — Derryl Cousins, 2B — Al Porter, 3B — Ron Kulpa
The new-look Seattle Mariners lineup with Dustin Ackley leading off and Brendan Ryan batting
second is off to a good start. The Mariners won two of three from the Twins over the weekend with this lineup, which
came in the wake of left fielder/third baseman Chone Figgins being moved into a utility
role. Figgins was hitting .189 as the club's primary leadoff hitter, one...
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