Figgins puts on power display in batting practice


Chone Figgins talks about his home-run hitting exploits to teammate Franklin Gutierrez after smoking three straight long balls over the fence Saturday. (Greg Johns photo)

Mariners third baseman Chone Figgins isn’t exactly known for his power, having hit one home run last year and 32 in nine seasons in the Major Leagues.

But the 5-foot-8, 180-pounder muscled up Saturday in batting practice, knocking three straight balls over the fence on the Mariners main practice field to the delight of his teammates.

After his third straight long ball, Figgins stepped out of the box and raised his arms like a victorious boxer, even though he still had two more swings to go.

“I’ve never done that before,” Figgins said of his barrage. “Not high school, not Litttle League. Then to hit ’em that good, never. It as a round of five, but I hit three and I was like, ‘You know what? That’s it. I’m done. No more.

“I thought about it later and realized I should have kept hitting,” he said with a grin. “I was rolling.”

Figgins knows he’s not a power guy, but said he’s been hitting aggressively all spring and is feeling strong.

“When I’m attacking the ball, I hit it hard,” he said. “I’ve felt good all spring. Yesterday I smoked two balls to right field (during the Mariners’ 3-1 loss to Cleveland). It’s feeling good.”

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