The boo-birds have been focusing so hard on third baseman Chone Figgins that the Seattle Mariners had to find a way to ease up the catcalls, and did - by sitting Figgins tonight and starting Adam Kennedy at third.
Yes, Figgins is hitting under .200 and yes, he's making a lot of money. Yes, he's the same guy who had the dugout incident with then-manager Don Wakamatsu last year and ok, he's been childish with the media at times. Still, this team is winning, and Figgins is likely going to be part of it for the next few years.
Manager Eric Wedge also chose tonight to rest center fielder Franklin Gutierrez (.184), who is playing marvelous defense but seems overwhelmed in his first 25 games at the plate.
Unlike recent years - and, perhaps, recent Mariners managers - Wedge has options and plays all 25 of his players. Scuffle and, rather than watch the player get worse and worse, Wedge will sit them a spell and try another player.
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It's helped make the Mariners a better team and a more fun team to watch.