Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/27/12
The big storyline that is brewing around our youth oriented Seattle Mariners this Spring Training has to do with our aging veterans; Ichiro and Figgins. First, Manager Eric Wedge has decided that Ichiro will be our number three hitter for this season.  I’m a little torn on this decision.  I have been arguing (with friends and family) that Ichiro should be our number three hitter for the past couple of seasons.  I have always felt the team should have their overall best hitter batting third.  They have the best opportunity to get the most at bats with the combination of base runners in a game.  I have been frustrated with Ichiro getting on base and then staying there. Batting third is not new to Ichiro as well.  Remember the 2009 World Baseball Classic, which his home country of Japan won?  He had no problem batting third.  Sure his slugging may be a littler lower than some of the prototypical number three hitters but with the Mariners and Safeco, it will never be about power in th...
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