New DP partners are old hat to Wilson
Mariners shortstop likely to be part of new tandem this season
PEORIA, Ariz. -- When you have worked with as many double-play partners as Mariners shortstop Jack Wilson has over the years, dealing with a new group of second basemen is no big deal."It's easy," he said. "I turned double plays with 29 different second basemen in Pittsburgh, so I am used to working with new guys." Since being acquired from the Pirates midway through last season, the number of Wilson's double-play partners with Seattle is still in single digits. But it's climbing. So far this spring, Wilson has worked side-by-side with Chone Figgins, Jose Lopez, Jack Hannahan, Josh Wilson, Matt Tuiasosopo and Dustin Ackley. Special emphasis is being placed on the Wilson-Figgins tandem. A decision on the infield alignment going into the regular season has not been made, but by putting Figgins at second base and moving Lopez to third, the amount of ground being covered up the middle is huge. Wilson has a reputation for flagging down would-be hits going to his right or left, and Figgins has the quickness to reach balls hit directly up the middle or into the gap between first and second. The Mariners are hoping Lopez accepts the position switch with a clear mind and open arms, allowing the team to open the season with the best defensive alignment possible. "Both of them have great quickness," said infield coach Mike Brumley of Wilson and Figgins. "They can turn an inning around and change a game with a big play." During his nine-plus seasons with the Pirates, Wilson said he and Freddy Sanchez were the premier DP combo around and envisions the same thing happening in Seattle.
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Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.