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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Goodbye to All Them: The Players Who Quietly Retired in 2016

Chone Figgins started out as a utilityman, too, but he became so much more. Drafted as a shortstop, he moved second base in the minors, and in his rookie year, 2003, he played second, short, left and center. The following year, he was switched to third, a position he had barely played as a professional, and he wound up spending more time there than at any other position in his career, though he received more than 190 starts each at second and in center, and more than 15 starts at shortstop and each corner outfield position.

Figgins’s defensive versatility was greatly aided by his terrific speed: he stole 341 bases in his career and led the majors in stolen bases with 62 in 2005. He became equally notable for his extraordinary batting eye: he led the American League in walks with 101 in 2009 despite hitting only five home runs, one of only 11 players since 1980 to record a 100-walk season with 10 or fewer home runs.

(The complete list: Brett Butler, Daric Barton, Keith Hernandez, Kevin Seitzer, Mike Hargrove, Rickey Henderson (did it four times), Toby Harrah, Tony Phillips (three times), Wade Boggs (three times), Willie Randolph.)


 

 

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