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Figgins out as starter, leadoff hitter

Post by Darrin Beene / The News Tribune on May 4, 2012 at 5:16 pm with 5 Comments »
May 4, 2012 5:24 pm

From the Associated Press:

Mariners manager Eric Wedge said leadoff hitter Chone Figgins is being benched after the veteran’s batting average plummeted to .189 after a recent slump.

Wedge told reporters before Friday’s game that he had a conversation with Figgins about being used in more of a utility role. Wedge also said Dustin Ackley would be the team’s new No. 1 hitter for the time being.

Figgins has never lived up to the $36 million, four-year deal he signed with the Mariners before the 2010 season. He was moved back into the leadoff role at the start of this season in the hopes that returning to his familiar spot in the batting order might spark his offensive production.

For a short time it did, as Figgins was hitting .260 on April 18. But in the following 12 games, Figgins had just five hits in 45 at-bats with three of those hits coming in one game.

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  1. Rumdawg says:

    I wish the M’s would go ahead and cut Chone Figgins & Miguel Olivio. Both are terrible and are taking away valuable playing time from other players who need to gain valuable experience.

  2. bvask5 says:

    Now all the M’s need to do is cut Figgins. Also get Jaso more AB’s, all he’s done is hit when given the chance. Which is more than most of the team can say.

  3. abugman says:

    WOW. Gave that one away.

  4. timeout says:

    I was at the game. Very frustrating, but clearly the team has a better roster than at this time last year, especially the hitters. Watching the Twins play–and they are VERY weak this year–reminds me how important it is for an organization to coach their players up from the bottom of the minors with on philosophy on how the game is played. They stole that win to about the same extent that the M’s gave it away.

    Vargas was solid, and picked two hot shot grounders back to him. If Wilhelmsen had the same fielding ability, the M’s would have won.

    Gack.

  5. bbnate420 says:

    Just cut the bum when Guti comes back!!!!!!

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