Chone Figgins can’t even break up a double play illegally (Animated)

The current contract Chone Figgins is under is not exactly astronomical, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming one of the most overpaid players in baseball. Since signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners after the 2009 season, Figgins is hitting below .225. He finished last season with an average of .188 and is headed down the same path this year with a .185 average. Even worse, Figgins can’t even break up a double play by grabbing an opponent’s ankle.

As you can see from the animation above that Lookout Landing passed along, Figgins reached out and grabbed Ian Kinsler’s ankle in the seventh to try to stop him from turning two. Kinsler made the turn anyway, and Michael Young came up with a beautiful pick at first to top it off. That’s why the Mariners are the Mariners and the Rangers are the Rangers. If Figgins hasn’t already hit rock bottom in Seattle, that should get him a bit closer.

H/T Deadspin

Chone Figgins’ Low Batting Average Leads to Lower Beer Prices at Seattle Bar

The Seattle Mariners are one of the hottest teams in baseball having won nine of their last 11 to get to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season. They’ve been winning despite second baseman Chone Figgins‘ struggles at the plate that led to his benching Friday night. Figgy only has 37 hits on the season, 10 extra-base hits, and his average is down to .202. He’s even doing worse than he did last year when he hit .259 in a disappointing first season for Seattle. Luckily all is not lost for the fans.

Norm’s Eatery and Ale House in Seattle offers specials on Mondays where pints of Widmer’s beer are marked down to match Figgins’ batting average, according to Q13 Fox News Seattle. The bar apparently pokes fun at the Mariners’ struggles quite frequently. Q13 says the bar “held a similar promotion a few years ago, in which beer prices were based on former Mariner Richie Sexson’s batting average. Last year, they held a food and beer special called “Milton’s Meltdowns,” which were based on Milton Bradley’s headlines on and off the field.”

Now if this promotion happened in say, Pittsburgh, the team would be demanding a boycott of the bar. The good news is the M’s have been winning despite his struggles, so they probably don’t feel too offended by the promotion. And at the worst, maybe the insult can inspire Figgins to turn things around. My only question is if it will look like this when the fans drink the beer.

Cheers, Deadspin