January 22, 1978 |
|Bats: Switch||Throws: Right|
|August 25, 2002 for the Anaheim Angels|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||402|
|Career highlights and awards|
Desmond DeChone "Chone" Figgins (//; born January 22, 1978) is an American professional baseball third baseman and outfielder, who is a free agent. Figgins is a utility player, playing all positions except catcher, pitcher, and first base.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
A fourth-round draft pick by the Rockies in the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft, Figgins played baseball at North Brandon Little League in Brandon, Florida. He attended Brandon High School where he was a third-team High School All-American as a senior. He was acquired by the Angels in a trade in 2001 for Kimera Bartee.
Figgins made his major league debut in 2002 for the World Series-winning Angels, used mostly as a pinch runner. His first full season in the majors was 2004. His breakout year came in 2005, when he was moved to leadoff hitter after original leadoff hitter David Eckstein signed with the St. Louis Cardinals. He used his speed to steal a major league-high 62 bases, the second-most in Angels history. That year, he played two positions in the same game 24 times. He was named team co-MVP of the 2005 season for the Angels, along with Bartolo Colón.
Figgins became the sixth Angel to hit for the cycle on September 16, 2006, in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Against the Oakland Athletics on September 29, 2006, Figgins hit his first career inside-the-park home run at Angel Stadium.
Along with third base, Figgins also plays shortstop, second base, and all three outfield positions. Although he was initially considered for the center field job in 2006, the Angels decided to move Darin Erstad back to the position. Figgins became the starter at third base. With Erstad on the disabled list for much of the season, however, Figgins saw more time in center field.
On March 21, 2007, in a spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Figgins suffered two broken fingers on his throwing hand while attempting to field a ground ball hit by Conor Jackson. He began the season on the disabled list and was out for five to six weeks.
In June 2007, Figgins recorded an Angels team-record 53 hits in a month, breaking the record set by Darin Erstad in April 2000. With six hits on June 18, 2007, against the Houston Astros, including a walk-off triple, Figgins matched the American League record for most hits in a nine-inning game. On July 15, 2007, Figgins stole his 187th base as an Angel, breaking the 20-year-old club record previously held by Gary Pettis, in attendance that day as a coach for the visiting Texas Rangers.
In 2009, Figgins was selected to his first All-Star Game. American League manager Joe Maddon, a former bench coach with the Angels, selected Figgins to fill the roster spot vacated by injured Tampa Bay Rays third-baseman Evan Longoria.
Although Figgins stole 42 bases in 2009, he was caught 17 times – tied for the most in the majors.
2009 free agency
Following the close of the 2009 season, Figgins became a free agent. Figgins was expected to sign a $50 million deal and was considered the most desirable third baseman on the market, drawing interest from Philadelphia, the Mets and both Chicago teams. ESPN wrote "Figgins probably ranks as the third baseman most likely to be in demand, especially given his versatility."
On December 4, 2009, it was reported that Figgins and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a four-year contract worth approximately $36 million with a vesting option for 2014 that could increase the value to $45 million over five years. The deal was finalized on December 8 .
During spring training for the 2010 season, Figgins was converted to second base, moving teammate Jose Lopez to third.
Figgins had his worst year to date in 2010, batting just .259, though he did match his previous season stolen base total of 42. Following the season, Figgins converted back to third base, due to the departure of former teammate Jose Lopez. Halfway through the 2011 season, Figgins was replaced by Adam Kennedy as the everyday 3B. In only 81 games, with only 288 at bats, Figgins finished the season batting only .188. To begin the 2012 season, Figgins was allowed the opportunity to bat leadoff for the Mariners in the hopes that the return to the spot in the lineup where he thrived during his time with the Angels would jump start his bat. On May 4 of that season, manager Eric Wedge announced that Figgins would no longer be an everyday player. Figgins ended the 2012 season batting .181 with 166 at bats in 66 games. Figgins was designated for assignment by the Mariners on November 20, 2012.
- Hitting for the cycle
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career stolen bases
- List of Major League Baseball stolen base champions
- Originally the Anaheim Angels
- Scarr, Mike. Angels lock up Figgins, Rivera, MLB.com, January 14, 2006
- Scarr, Mike. Angels shifting Erstad back to center, MLB.com, January 11, 2006
- Harris, Beth. Despite 0-for-22 slump, Angels leadoff hitter Chone Figgins is prepped for playoffs, Associated Press, October 1, 2007
- Singer, Tom. Injured finger sidelines Longoria; Rangers' Young to start; Angels' Figgins added to roster
- "MLB Player Batting Stats – 2009," ESPN, accessed October 8, 2009
- Shaikin, Bill (2009-11-20). "For Angels, Jason Bay, John Lackey and Chone Figgins are all in play". latimes.com. Retrieved 2009-11-26.
- Edes, Gordon (November 29, 2009). "There's one problem with trading Lowell: Teams have other safer, cheaper options at third base". espn.com.
- Bell, Gregg. AP source: M’s, 3B Figgins have $36M, 4-yr deal
- Associated Press (December 8, 2009). "Figgins, Mariners finalize $36 million, four-year deal". si.com.
- Marlins Sign Chone Figgins
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)