Ichiro returning to right field
Stud leadoff hitter will play in his natural position
SEATTLE -- Mariners manager John McLaren sat on the dugout bench before Wednesday's game against the Marlins, expanding on his explanation of why Ichiro Suzuki has been moved back to his former position in right field. He mentioned how he talked to Ichiro about it on the trip back from New York in late May."As soon as I said it, his face lit up," he said. Just moments later, Ichiro himself -- who said after his first game there on Monday that "it feels like going to my yard" -- strolled into the dugout. McLaren paused for a second.
But another issue stemmed from Ichiro's effect on the fielders to his right and left."He takes so many balls out there that I think the two other guys, whoever they are, from last year to today, they think that he's got everything," he said. "And sometimes they think that he's got it, well, he doesn't have it. So this way here it takes a little pressure off that. Everybody's got their turf out there to go get it."
Jesse Baumgartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.