Refresh  
  Page last updated on Fri May 27 06:23:38 EDT 2016
TOP NEWS
SEATTLE CONTEMPLATES REMOVING ICHIRO SUZUKI FROM THE LEADOFF SPOT
Tue, 31 Jan 2012 09:04 AM EST

Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki might start his last assured season with the Seattle Mariners somewhere other than the leadoff spot that he is locked down for the past ten years. Football odds

Seattle chief Eric Wedge said in the Mariners’ pre-spring training luncheon that he’s leaning toward moving Suzuki away of the leadoff spot as a way to try to reinforce the Mariners’ anemic offense.

Wedge does not believe that is a light on Suzuki’s ability to keep on being a leadoff hitter, even with the 10-time All-Star coming off the worst season of his career. Football spreads

“It’s as much to do with his squad as it has to do with him with regard to the collective nine that we are putting down on acceptance,” Wedge related. “I haven’t made any firm calls. I made it extremely obvious over the winter I was pondering it. I’m even further down the line to where I’m leaning that way to have (Suzuki) hit somewhere else.”

Moving Suzuki out of the leadoff spot was part of an on-again, off-again discussion in the 2011 season as Suzuki struggled. He hit just .272, didn’t reach two hundred hits for the 1st time in his career – ending with 184 – and had an on-base percentage 40 points below his previous career worst.

Suzuki, who turned 38 in October, is approaching the final year of a deal which will pay him $17 million in 2012 and will definitely be in a lineup that’ll be extremely young when Seattle opens the regular season on March 28 against Oakland in Suzuki’s native Japan.

“I know it’s a significant score to everybody. I can not get wrapped up in that. My job is to make certain I speak that to Ichiro, make sure everyone recognizes precisely what the options are and what they’re fighting for and what I’m considering and that’s what I am going to continue to do,” Wedge expounded. “Right now I’m going to be terribly wide open minded to what we’re going to do but I’m going to head into spring training leaning a certain direction and we’ll make the final decisions then.”

If Wedge makes the change, he said that he was considering young prospect Dustin Ackley, Franklin Gutierrez and even Chone Figgins as practical backups in the leadoff position. Ackley would seem the likeliest following his debut last year. He played in 90 games, hit .273 with an on-base percentage of .348 and walked 40 times. Wedge think about Suzuki a likely option to bat 2nd or 3rd.

“At last it’s not just in relation to Ichiro, it’s about our club and his twenty-four other teammates,” Wedge claimed. “And Ichiro realizes that and I damn confident recognize that. So what we’re going to do is make sure we put out the best lineup feasible to score more runs. It’s unsuitable the amount of runs we’ve scored the last couple of years.”


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASEBALL 4/3/2016 - 6/4/2016
BASKETBALL 3/8/2016 - 4/12/2016
HOCKEY 3/8/2016 - 4/9/2016
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Cleveland Cavaliers
2
Toronto Raptors
3
Seattle Mariners
4
Seattle Mariners
5
Toronto Raptors
05/26/2016
MLBChi White Sox vs Kan City Royals5:15 PM PST
05/27/2016
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceRAONIC, MILOS vs. MARTIN, ANDREJ02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSOCK, JACK vs. RAMOS VINOLAS, ALBERT02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesBARRERE G / HALYS Q vs. BOPANNA R / MERGEA F02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesMATKOWSKI M / PAES L vs. KNOWLE J / MAYER F02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceHALEP, SIMONA vs. OSAKA, NAOMI02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceWICKMAYER, YANINA vs. MUGURUZA, GARBINE02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceBECK, ANNIKA vs. BEGU, IRINA-CAMELIA02:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesATAWO R / SPEARS A vs. KRUNIC A / LUCIC-BARONI M02:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceKARLOVIC, IVO vs. MURRAY, ANDY03:15 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesMONROE N / SITAK A vs. KUBOT L / PEYA A03:15 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceROGERS, SHELBY vs. KVITOVA, PETRA03:15 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSTOSUR, SAMANTHA vs. SAFAROVA, LUCIE03:15 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceNISHIKORI, KEI vs. VERDASCO, FERNANDO03:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesBRYAN B / BRYAN M vs. MARACH O / MARTIN F03:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceKUZNETSOVA, SVETLANA vs. PAVLYUCHENKOVA, ANASTASIA03:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesLISICKI S / PETKOVIC A vs. XU Y F / ZHENG S03:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesIRIGOYEN M / KANIA P vs. BERTENS K / LARSSON J03:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceISNER, JOHN vs. GABASHVILI, TEIMURAZ04:30 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceKYRGIOS, NICK vs. GASQUET, RICHARD04:30 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSTRYCOVA, BARBORA vs. RADWANSKA, AGNIESZKA04:45 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesCORNET A / LINETTE M vs. BRENGLE M / MARIA T04:45 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesBROADY N / CHIRICO L vs. DIATCHENKO V / VOSKOBOEVA G04:45 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesCIBULKOVA D / FLIPKENS K vs. BABOS T / SHVEDOVA Y04:45 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, FrancePIRONKOVA, TSVETANA vs. STEPHENS, SLOANE05:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesGARCIA C / MLADENOVIC K vs. BECK A / WICKMAYER Y05:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceCHARDY, JEREMY vs. WAWRINKA, STAN06:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, FranceSIMON, GILLES vs. TROICKI, VIKTOR06:00 AM PST
ATP - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesKONTINEN H / PEERS J vs. BAKER B / DANIELL M06:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesKICHENOK L / KICHENOK N vs. HLAVACKOVA A / HRADECKA L06:00 AM PST
WTA - Roland Garros, Paris, France, DoublesHINGIS M / MIRZA S vs. HIBINO N / HOZUMI E06:15 AM PST
MLBPhi Phillies vs Chi Cubs11:20 AM PST
MLBSTL CARDINALS vs Was Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBBos Red Sox vs Tor Blue Jays4:05 PM PST
MLBLA Dodgers vs NY Mets4:10 PM PST
MLBBal Orioles vs Cle Indians4:10 PM PST
MLBNY Yankees vs TB Rays4:10 PM PST
MLBMia Marlins vs Atla Braves4:35 PM PST
MLBPit Pirates vs Tex Rangers5:05 PM PST
MLBCin Reds vs Mil Brewers5:10 PM PST
MLBChi White Sox vs KC Royals5:15 PM PST
NBAClev Cavaliers vs Tor Raptors5:35 PM PST
MLBSFO Giants vs Col Rockies5:40 PM PST
MLBSDG PADRES vs Ari Diamondbacks6:40 PM PST
MLBHou Astros vs LA Angels7:05 PM PST
MLBDet Tigers vs Oak Athletics7:05 PM PST
MLBMin Twins vs Sea Mariners7:10 PM PST
05/28/2016
NBAGST WARRIORS vs OKC THUNDER6:00 PM PST

x