Left field has always been a dark hole in the Seattle Mariners solar system – and it figures to remain something of an spot no one man can fill in 2009.
Try Greg Briley, Tracy Jones, Kevin Mitchell, Mike Felder, Eric Anthony, Darren Bragg, Lee Tinsley, Glenallen Hill and John Mabry – and that was just the '90s.
Endy Chavz (pictured here) is the best defensive left fielder, without question, a left-handed hitter with speed and, at the plate, the ability to play the little game-within-a-game that manager Don Wakamatsu likes. Chavez will likely be in most games, whether he starts them or not.
This is also the spring of decision on Wladimir Balentien, who is out of options. To stay with the team, however, he has a month to show that his .202 batting average last season was nothing more than a harsh learning experience – and no one with the team is certain that's true.
Ronny Cedeno, the Mariners new Willie Bloomquist, can also play in left field.
Down the line, Greg Halman is probably the answer, although when it comes to the Mariners, left field has always been a question mark.