Showing posts with label Chone Figgins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chone Figgins. Show all posts

Chone Figgins: Cha-Ching

Chone Figgins is officially the newest member of the Seattle Mariners organization.

The former long-time Los Angeles Angels third baseman finalized his $36 million, four-year deal with the club on Tuesday, including a 2014 option that could bring the total to $45 million over five years.

However, Figgins might not necessarily replace free-agent slugger Adrian Beltre. According to Mariners' general manager Jack Zduriencik, he's willing to play anywhere:
He’s open to playing anywhere in the infield. There’s still some moving parts here. You know, at the end, if he’s our third baseman, we’ll be very happy.
The 31-year-old speedster played mostly third base in each of his last three seasons with the Halos, but has spent 113 big league games at second and 27 at short over his career.

Figgins is coming off a damn good season, too. Aside from an All-Star appearance, he led the American League with 101 walks and put up a career-high .395 OBP of .395, scoring 114 runs (second in the league to Boston’s Dustin Pedroia.) He also snagged 42 bases, just six fewer than his eight-year average.

And having Figgins hit behind perennial All-Star Ichiro Suzuki in the top of the batting order? Not bad at all.

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National League: Lucky #13?

wow.Braveheart wins Best Picture at the Academy Awards, hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.

Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls set an NBA record with 70 wins in a single season.

Sublime's Bradley Nowell dies from a drug overdose and Tupac is gunned down.

I get my driver's licence and fill the red Beretta with $1.00 gallons of gasoline.

The year was 1996. It was a leap year in Philadelphia, marking the last time the National League won the All-Star game. The Senior Circuit will be looking for it's first win in 13 years this evening when they take on the American League in the 80th annual All-Star game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.


With a tight race for the American League Batting Title in the works, we thought it would be interesting to see who our readers think will pull ahead in the end.

As it stands today, Ichiro Suzuki leads the AL hitters with a .354 batting average with 11 games left in the Seattle Mariners' regular season.


Chone Figgins, Rafael Furcal Suffer Spring Injuries

Chone Figgins was injured and left the Los Angeles Angels game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning Thursday, when a Conor Jackson grounder bounced off his hand.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he's not worried about it:

It's part of baseball - guys are going to get dinged up. That's why we have a depth chart.
The switch-hitting third baseman batted .267 last season with 9 homers and 62 RBIs, stealing 52 bases.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal injured his left ankle in the very first inning of his team's game against the Baltimore Orioles and was taken to a hospital for X-rays.

Corey Patterson smoked a fly ball to short center, and Furcal and Jason Repko both went for it. After Repko dove for it, Furcal made the catch, leaping over the center fielder. He landed awkwardly, immediately grabbing his ankle, and was carted off the field.

Furcal, a 29-year-old switch-hitter, batted . 300 with 15 homers, 63 RBIs, 37 stolen bases and 113 runs scored for the Dodgers last season.

Repko, a 29-year-old reserve outfielder, also had to leave the game, straining his left hamstring when he dove for a ball in the third. He missed time earlier this spring with a groin injury and was sidelined for 2 1/2 months last season after spraining his left ankle on May 9th.

Update: Figgins is expected to be out at least five weeks with two broken fingers on his throwing hand. Maicer Izturis is expected to fill in at third with Robb Quinlan seeing some time there, as well.