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The Outside Corner:
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 clip with good speed. Figgins is the bane of many Mariners' fans existence, slagging along halfway through his contract with Seattle and looking nothing like the player he was with the Angels.
But in his prime with LA, Figgins was a hell of a player. He had seven straight seasons of at least 30 steals (including 2010 with the Mariners) and had OBPs above .350 five times. That's pretty solid. But compare him to Ichiro, who during his 11 year career, has hit under .300 and had an OBP under .350 just once in his career, which came last season. He's also stolen at least 30 bases in all but one...
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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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge announced Tuesday he will move Ichiro Suzuki from his traditional leadoff spot to No. 3 in the batting order.
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.
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Yes, it is true: Ichiro Suzuki, who has been the Mariners’ leadoff hitter for all 11 of his seasons, will no longer be the first to bat. In the 2012 season, Ichiro will hit third in the lineup, M’s Manager Eric Wedge confirmed Tuesday. “I’ve done a lot of thinking about it this winter, of [...]
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...
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.