Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 6/1/12
On Wednesday, Ichiro took his first day off from the season and the Seattle Mariners scored 21 runs against the Texas Rangers. The day off gave Manager Eric Wedge the opportunity to plug the M’s best hitter this season, Kyle Seager, into third spot. Wedge has some tough decisions ahead of him with the batting order. Ichiro is batting a respectable .271 and he trails only Seager at .278.  The issue with Ichiro is that he does not hit for power or in the clutch.  The season is a third over and Ichiro has one home run, 11 doubles, and 17 RBI’s. That’s awful production for the third spot in the line-up. Ichiro is an enigma.  There always been many factors on deciding anything about playing time, where he bats in the line-up and what position he plays from the top down.  Ichiro is a national hero in Japan and the owner is Japanese so this could factor into Wedge’s decision on moving Ichiro out of the third spot and probably down in the line-up. Ichiro is also a future Hall of Famer so ...
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