One of the biggest surprises coming out of the spring was utility man Chone Figgins making the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Opening Day roster just a year removed from being out of baseball.
Figgins showed patience at the plate and enough versatility to cement a spot on the 25-man roster. It appears that this came as a surprise to one former Dodger.
Adam Kennedy used his personal Twitter account to express his thoughts on Figgins being on the team after a base running blunder in the ninth inning:
Figgins actually is on the Dodgers? Highest payroll in baseball and you have him on ur team?
— Adam Kennedy (@KennedyBaseball) March 29, 2014
Kennedy was a member of the Dodgers in 2012, when he hit .262 in 86 games as an infielder. The now-38-year-old added more via his Twitter account, insinuating that Figgins may not have been the best teammate. Figgins and Kennedy were teammates with the Anaheim Angels from 2002-2006 and again as Seattle Mariners in 2011. Kennedy has been out of the game since that 2012 season with the Dodgers and the dig at Figgins came rather unprompted; however, the two may have had some issues during their time together.
After the Angels, Figgins went to Seattle where he struggled after receiving a large contract, while Kennedy went with the St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals before reuniting with Figgins in 2011. Last season, Figgins was cut in the spring by the Miami Marlins and spent the entire season out of baseball. He continued to work and was signed to a minor league deal by the Dodgers in the off-season and was given a chance to compete for the second base position. Figgins lost out on second base, but did enough to warrant a roster spot and made the trip to Australia.
Even without Kennedy’s support, the Dodgers hope Figgins can turn back the clock and play like he did when he was a member of the Angels to give their bench some depth.
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