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Ichiro on verge of losing leadoff spot

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08:16 AM ET 01.26 | The Mariners are considering making a change at the top -- of the order, that is. Ichiro Suzuki, who has been entrenched atop the Mariners' lineup since arriving in Seattle in 2001, could find his name penciled in the lineup card in a place other than leadoff next season, Mariners manager Eric Wedge told ESPN 710 in Seattle on Wednesday. Wedge told the radio station there's a "good possibility" he'll drop the 10-time All-Star outfielder in the lineup. "I've been doing a ton of thinking about that and I still haven't decided what I'm going to do," Wedge said. ... "Obviously I've got to work off of Ichiro a little bit, but ultimately I'm going to do what I think's best to give us the best chance to score runs."

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January 26, 2012  08:54 AM ET

...and his potential replacement is?

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January 26, 2012  09:19 AM ET

Bat him second. He's a natural fit there.

January 26, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Put him in the 4th slot and tell him to start hitting home runs!

January 26, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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...and his potential replacement is?

Chone Figgins I would guess. He's most comfortable there.

January 26, 2012  10:02 AM ET

I've been saying for a few years now the best place for Ichiro is THIRD!!! Hello, your best hitter always, unless the dude has a ton of power then cleanup, hits third. Managers should have stopped catering to him (a la what Lou Piniella did to Soriano for far too long) and his goal of getting the stats (200 hits, .320+, runs) and sat down and discussed w/ him why they need in the 3-hole spot. Guarantee the guy could hit 20 ding dongs a year, his BA will drop, sure, but it will benefit his team a whole lot!

January 26, 2012  10:49 AM ET

Ichiro has shown power in the past -- when he's so inclined. The dude is still wizard at the plate. 2nd or 3rd sounds about right -- and he'll still get his ABs.

January 26, 2012  11:01 AM ET

batting second would be great if they had a lead-off man

January 26, 2012  11:01 AM ET

I'm not sure off hand what his on base percentage is, but it's got to be one of the higher OBP's on the team. He still has very good speed on the basepaths...why not leave things as they are?

January 26, 2012  11:01 AM ET

batting second would be great if they had a lead-off man

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January 26, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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... because the team sucks.

You stick Montero in there in the 3 slot and watch how many runs Ichiro scores this year.
The 1st and 2nd guys in the order are going to see better hitter's pitches.

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January 26, 2012  11:48 AM ET

figgins???

January 26, 2012  11:48 AM ET

batting fourth will do the magic, it really doesn't matter where ichiro be in the lineup, as long he its in the lineup he would be able to contribute with the team!!!

 
January 26, 2012  11:50 AM ET
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Chone hasn't been comfortable ANYWHERE in Seattle.

this year will be figgins year, and if he remains dripping deeper then figgins would retire without any questions!!!!!!

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