Found February 21, 2012 on
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.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
The Seattle Mariners are looking for any way to get some value out of Chone Figgins. Since joining the team, the 34-year-old has been one of the worst regulars in the game. So to salvage what’s left of his contract, the Mariners are making Figgins a leadoff hitter — again. It’s a last ditch effort to improve his value, though it’s unclear whether Figgins’ contract can be...
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...
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...
We've all heard the stories about how, in many a pro sports locker room, you'll have a veteran player or two who takes the heat off younger players by taking on all the media questions and deflecting blame.
Right now, inadvertently or not, the same thing is going on with Chone Figgins and Ichiro. In fact, if the Mariners planned things this way, they'd be accused of brilliance...
Figgins is feeling healthy again, having rehabilitated a torn hip labrum. And soon he should gain a newfound freedom: a long-awaited return to the leadoff spot in the order where he achieved his greatest success before joining the Mariners two years ago.
Lots of talk the past 48 hours or so about Chone Figgins and the playing time he'll get this year. I went on ESPN 710 Seattle yesterday and chatted with the on-air hosts about Figgins, his contract and what the M's can reasonably expect to re-coup.
But there's this line of reasoning I keep seeing cropping up online in both the mainstream media and the blog world. It has...
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.
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 [...]
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Ok. We need to find out where Kyle Seager fits in the plans for the Seattle Mariners in 2012 don't we?
There's three guys trying to grab one spot the way I see it.
Chone Figgins, Kyle Seager and Carlos Guillen.
Figgins is finally healthy, and we're hearing talk about him possibly hitting lead -off too. Last we heard though Wedge told reporters Monday he had...
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...