Chone Figgins

Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Ichiro lineup move necessary...but Chone Figgins leading off?

Ichiro Suzuki at batting practice during Mariners spring training in Peoria, Arizona, last weekend.
Charlie Riedel AP Photo

KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel called for it last season. And now the Mariners have made it official. They announced this week that long-time leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki has been moved to No. 3 in the lineup.

But the player the Mariners chose to replace Ichiro in the top spot has left a lot of fans scratching their heads.

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Sports with Art Thiel
9:00 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Why the Mariners need to bench Chone Figgins

Mariners' third baseman Chone Figgins watches from the dugout in a game against Detroit on June 12, 2011. Art Thiel says the dugout is where Figgins belongs right now, given the team's lack of options regarding his poor playing.
Duane Burleson AP

He's not hitting or fielding well. His manager is losing patience. Fans are booing him. Yet, there's not much the Mariners can do about third baseman Chone Figgins. KPLU sports commentator Art Thiel says the best thing to do is bench him.

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