Mariners Breaking News: Figgins to lead off Ichiro now hitting 3rd

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us the breaking news out of Seattle Mariners spring training today in Peoria. Manager Eric Wedge announced Chone Figgins to lead off in 2012. Ichiro Suzuki will now bat third in the lineup. We have all seen the magnificence of Ichiro’s long ball in batting practice. For first time in his career, he will have a chance to showcase that power in live ball games.

Mariners 2012 shortstop competition: Brendan Ryan vs. Munenori Kawasaki

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson weighs in today with his take on the 2012 M’s short stop competition between incumbent Brendan Ryan and newcomer Munenori Kawasaki a Japanese M’s spring training invitee. Playing short is physically demanding any many a good man has lost a roster spot because their bodies couldn’t keep up with their aggressive game play. Who wins in 2012?

2012 is more than a rebound season for Seattle Mariners Ichiro

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Insider Steve weighs in on the biggest question mark he sees facing the 2012 Seattle Mariners. Namely Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has to work even harder to earn the trust back from the Mariners fan base. 2012 will be a season where he cannot get too comfortable. If he doesn’t adapt this could be his last season in Seattle.

Do the Mariners want Ichiro to have a bounce back season?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Danny Ferguson asks the question. Will Ichiro Suzuki Have A Bounceback Season in 2012 For Seattle Mariners? As he heads into the last year of his contract he holds a career .326 average with 2428 total hits as well as 423 stolen bases. Danny says if he performs at the same level of 2011 the choice will be easy.

Mariners skipper Eric Wedge needs to right his ship this season

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bells tells M’s manager Eric Wedge what he must do to turn the fortunes of the Mariners and their fan base around in 2012. Keep the intensity up throughout the entire season, Don’t rush Jesus Montero, bat Chone Figgins at lead off, Figure out Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley, and Mike Carp connection, and how they fit the puzzle.

And the Seattle Mariners breakout performer for 2012 is?

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Clinton Bell tells us he don’t think he can go out and say that Mike Carp will break the all time hit streak record, but he’ll have a great year. Some more fearless projections include Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, Jesus Montero, and Ichiro Suzuki. Of course Felix Hernandez will be on top again too.

Chone Figgins to lead off for the Seattle Mariners?

Clinton Bell one of our Seattle Mariners bloggers is back with his 2012 Mariners forecast for the lead-off batting position. He tell us five reasons why moving Chone Figgins to the lead off spot will not only jump-start his career, but bring the Mariners a chance at more run support for their starting pitchers. Only time will tell.

Five Irrational thoughts & predictions for the 2012 Seattle Mariners

NWSB Seattle Mariners insider Danny Ferguson thinks the Mariners will win the 2012 World Series. Stay tuned for this and more 2012 major league baseball irrational analysis and predictions for the Seattle Mariners baseball team. Danny Hultzen will win the AL rookie of the year award. Mike Carp will break Joe Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak.

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