Figgins discusses Wakamatsu's lineup move
Second baseman talks about new spot in batting order
ARLINGTON -- Mariners second baseman Chone Figgins blew some steam off after Monday's 4-2 victory over the Rangers, offering up some pointed remarks when he was asked about dropping to the ninth spot in the batting order after hitting second for the first 56 games of the season.
Figgins was told that manager Don Wakamatsu informed reporters before the game that the switch in the lineup wasn't pointed at his second baseman, a key free-agent acquisition by the Mariners from the rival Los Angeles Angels this past offseason.
"Obviously, it's me," Figgins said. "I've been getting on base. I've been hitting the ball pretty good. Obviously, it has something to do with me.
"I think I've about earned enough respect as a player. I'm still battling and I'm doing good, I should stay where I was hitting."
Figgins was asked after the game if he was motivated by being dropped down in the lineup. The seven-year veteran and one-time All-Star went 3-for-4 with three singles on Monday night, raising his batting average to .230.
"I'm motivated every day," Figgins said. "Like I've said before, there's nobody who can ever doubt what I do on the field. I come to play every single day no matter the situation or anything. I come to play every time."
Figgins was then asked if he would express his disappointment in not batting second with Wakamatsu.
"It doesn't matter," Figgins said. "I don't have anything to say. The fact is, I come to play. Anybody that has ever known me or watched me play this game, no matter where you hit me, first, second or 10th, I'm going to come to play. If I come off the bench, I'm going to play 110 percent. There's not anybody in this game who can take that away from me."
So what does Figgins do now?
"Same thing I do all the time, come to play every day," he said. "You've seen that tonight once again. Every time that something happens, he took me out the first time, he pinch-hit here, and I still come to play. That's not ever going to change. And there ain't nobody in the front office or in this game or any part of what this game is all about can tell me any different. They will never see any different from me by coming to play."
Figgins said he wasn't frustrated by Wakamatsu's decision.
"No, I'm never frustrated," Figgins said. "The fact is I come to play every single day. I never get frustrated with anybody."
Todd Wills is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.