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08:11 AM ET 02.10 | If Eric Wedge is going to drop Ichiro from the top spot in his lineup card, who is set to play the game of leapfrog? [The] Seattle Mariners manager might as well have screamed Chone Figgins' name. ... Figgins acknowledged in a telephone interview Wednesday that the adjustment to hitting second behind Ichiro has been difficult for him -- and that he will need to be more aggressive in his approach if Wedge uses the same batting order next season. "It would be great to go back to leadoff and do that again," Figgins said. "If not, I have to change my mindset as a '2' hitter. I haven't really changed my mindset to be a '2' hitter. I've stuck with being a patient hitter.

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February 10, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Give Ichiro another half-season to see what develops, he's earned that much. If he can't be the producer they need, and be consistent too, then they should trade his arse to the highest bidder; any team looking for a veteran DH type, especially during a playoff race, he would be a nice add just for the Jerseys he'd prolly sell ;)

February 10, 2012  09:44 AM ET

ichiro's avg and obp dropped a bit last year but still better than figgins. not sure if this move will help but i guess it wouldn't hurt to try it

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February 10, 2012  09:59 AM ET

Figgins got old in a hurry last season. Couldn't hit; couldn't field; couldn't steal.

Unless he found a fountain of youth in the offseason, I don't see him in the lineup at all, much less leading off.

February 10, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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Agreed, but I think it WOULD hurt to try it. I think the fairy tale about Figgins is that he was a stand-alone great in the Angels lineup, but that's wrong. He benefitted greatly from the protections that Abreu and others offered him. He has no such luck in Seattle. I'm amazed that there's so much faith in this guy.

good point. yeah people forget that when you're surrounded by good hitters the hitter it question will benefit.
I don't know I'm still not opposed to figgins getting a short stint back at the top of the lineup to see how it goes especially with ichiro, ackley, and now montero following him up. could it really get worse than what it was last year?

February 10, 2012  10:05 AM ET

It won't make a flipping difference who hits leadoff for them. They're still the Mariners.

February 10, 2012  10:16 AM ET
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It won't make a flipping difference who hits leadoff for them. They're still the Mariners.

But that 95 ALDS against the Yankees was a classic! That's how I remember the M's.

February 10, 2012  10:17 AM ET

So let me see if I have this right...Figgins is going to be a better lead off hitter than Ichiro?
On the other hand, if they stick Montero in the 3 slot then maybe they'll both have better years.

February 10, 2012  10:29 AM ET

When you have to dredge up a series from over 15 years ago to remember a team, that's when you know you have a bad team.

February 10, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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When you have to dredge up a series from over 15 years ago to remember a team, that's when you know you have a bad team.

They had a few good years. The 2001 season was a great one. 116 wins is not that unforgettable.

February 10, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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They had a few good years. The 2001 season was a great one. 116 wins is not that unforgettable.

forgetable*

February 10, 2012  11:29 AM ET

they can try whatever they want, don't think it will help.

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February 10, 2012  12:18 PM ET
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They had a few good years. The 2001 season was a great one. 116 wins is not that unforgettable.

That was when they had 2 of the best young talents in the game.

February 10, 2012  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They had a few good years. The 2001 season was a great one. 116 wins is not that unforgettable.

116 wins but no World Series.

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February 10, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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That seems to be the line of thinking the GOP is taking if they give Mittens the nod and he wins the Presidency.........

at least he is a capitalist.

February 10, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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at least he is a capitalist.

Herbert Hoover was a capitalist.

 
February 10, 2012  02:05 PM ET

FIGGINS????

The dude hit .188 last year...

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