This image of Chone Figgins failing to get a bunt down in the 2009 ALCS pretty much sums up his career as an Angel. The ball hit him and he was called out at a crucial point in the game.
I know. I know.
He was your favorite player Angels fans, and you are sooo sad to see him go.
No longer will you be able to "get Figgy with it," and he's the reason why Seattle is going to fly by the Angels into first place.
Well, fortunately Angels GM Tony Reagins (who obviously got a copy of Moneyball for Christmas) makes the personnel decisions and not the fans.
Here is what I will "miss" about Chone Figgins:
The way he skillfully runs his team out of innings by leading the league in being caught stealing.
The way he strikes out 100-plus times each year from the lead-off spot.
The way he can't bunt.
The way he refuses to let a pitch hit him (he has been hit by a pitch 6 times in his 8-year career as a lead-off hitter).
The way his 5-foot, 8-inch frame can't field line drives hit down the third base line.
But most of all, I think I will miss his .173 AVG, .223 OBP and 35 strikeouts in 122 playoff at-bats. Numbers that would make Bill Buckner blush.
Try not to choke on any bones while visiting the fish market up in Seattle, Figgy.
The Angels have no less than four hitters that would fit perfectly in the lead-off role. Whomever leads off for the Angels will score 100 runs this year, and chances are they won't strike out 100 times in the process.
Figgins certainly wasn't worth the $9 million per year he got from Seattle. Another great non-panic move from Reagins, who opted to spend the money on power hitters Bobby Abreu and Matsui instead.