SI writer Jon Heyman stated that the Phillies are still the main suitors for the services of speedy third baseman Chone Figgins. A growing number of people I have talked to favor a more traditional third baseman with power, such as Garrett Atkins of Colorado or Adrian Beltre of Seattle. Figgins, with 101 walks, 42 stolen bases, and a near .400 on base percentage would make him a natural lead off hitter. I know the Phillies had trouble leaving men on base, but conversely, hitters like Ryan Howard hit better with ducks on the pond. I remember the Florida Marlins in 2003,áwith Luis Castillo and Juan Pierreáat the top of the lineup. It drove other teams crazy. And with Davey Lopes as the Phillies' first base coach, Figgins could return to his 62 steal season of 2005. My mouth is drooling. W ...
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