Subpar ’06 not an issue for Figgins
TEMPE, Ariz. – As Chone Figgins saw it this off-season, his optimism for the upcoming season far outweighed the hit he took to his pride. After a substandard year that Figgins blames mostly on bad luck, he got just the words of encouragement he needed from good friend Juan Pierre, the Dodgers’ new center fielder. Figgins wondered aloud what changes he might be able to work on this spring to change his poor fortune. He thought that maybe a switch here or a tweak there might prevent some of the hard hit balls that found opponents’ gloves in 2006. Pierre suggested he keep things just as they are. “Talking to Pierre he said, `Man, it’s just one of those years,”‘ Figgins said about the conversation with his former roommate in the Colorado Rockies organization. “He said he had one in `05. He said it was the best year he had but he ended up hitting less than he usually did. But because he was consistent, he was able to look at his numbers on paper and see that he had decent numbers.” Figgins batted .267 last season, nearly 20 points below his career average. But he had 93 runs scored, 52 steals and had 62 RBI, which is a career high. Looking for glove After complying with the Angels’ request to try a larger glove, Figgins said the team has requested he try an even bigger size. Figgins said he was using an 11 -inch glove last season and changed to an 11 -inch glove this off-season. He is now awaiting for a shipment of gloves over 12 inches in length. Pitchers progressing Mike Scioscia is starting to feel good about progress being made by Bartolo Colon and Jered Weaver. Both had a long-toss throwing session for a second consecutive day. Scioscia said that Weaver (biceps tendinitis) might have his first bullpen session after about two or three more days of long toss. Wood may move Brandon Wood took about 45 ground balls at third base and doesn’t think it will be that tough to adapt after playing shortstop for nearly all of his baseball career. “The main thing for me is to make sure my timing is on,” Wood said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!