Franklin Gutierrez is the center fielder for the Seattle Mariners.
Offensively, he's the kind of hitter who has fully accepted the little ball attack that manager Don Wakamatsu likes to play in different parts of his lineup. Gutierrez is a fine bunter, a patient hitter who will take pitches and a man who can put the ball in play on hit-and-run efforts.
But just as Mike Cameron won Safeco Field fans after Ken Griffey Jr. departed, those who appreciate solid baseball may come to embrace Gutierrez. He's shy but has a great smile. And he plays baseball the way it's been played well for a century or so.
The bottom line, however, is this: He wasn't brought in to carry the team. He's here because what the Mariners are trying to do is build a team.
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