From 2004 until 2009, Chone Figgins was one of the top leadoff hitters in baseball while playing for the Angels. He still has a career .277 BA and a .349 OB% even after three horrible seasons in Seattle.
He wouldn’t be the first player to go to Seattle and almost die – witness one Adrian Beltre who saw his stats plummet while in Seattle. Adrian Beltre has since re-established himself as the one of the premier power-hitters and RBI men in the game. There is something about Seattle that just doesn’t agree with some guys. I know he’s from Georgia and went to school in Florida, but he had his major league success in LA. He was out of baseball last year, and while it’s not likely he can steal as many bases at age 36, he could rebound while back in familiar surroundings. Let’s not forget that in a seven year stretch from 2004 to 2010, he averaged 44 stolen bases a season.
He doesn’t have much experience at 2B. 3B is his more natural position, but it’s possible he could do a decent job at 2B – he does have a “soft” glove. However, if he were to regain his batting stroke, Juan Uribe has a lot more experience at 2B and they could switch positions.
On the other, hand, Chone could become a super-sub and bench player, filling-in all over and pinch-hitting.
The Case Against Chone Figgins:
He’s too old and can’t play anymore!
At any rate, he’s worth a chance. I have to give Ned credit for trying.
Disclaimer: I am not sure I believe any of this, but it is possible.
- Next, look for Michael Young to sign with a Dodger team near you shortly.
- Hey, why didn’t we sign Paul Janish?
- I may need to hire protection next time I am in the Pressbox at Dodger Stadium.
- By the way, Mathematical-Space Cat (I think I know who this is), DailyDodgers is a site. They also have a ranking of the blogs HERE. That may explain the vitriol. Yours truly was second behind Tony Jackson’s. It’s funny that the former blogs of the founders of DodgersDigest rank lower than the rest of the blogs. It probably means nothing, but it’s interesting that I was told by one of the bloggers that my opinion was “painstakingly wrong” when his blog rank was a BIG ZERO and mine was a 7! Do the math!