Daily Dodger in Review: Chone Figgins could not beat the odds, or time

Chone Figgins
Dodgers infielder Chone Figgins was released by the team last spring after clearing waivers.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

CHONE FIGGINS, 36, utility.

Final 2014 stats: .217 batting average, .373 on-base and .267 slugging percentages, four stolen bases and eight runs in 38 games. Walked 14 times in 76 plate appearances.

Contract status: Free agent.

The good: Played second, third, shortstop and outfield. Despite his abbreviated season, his eight walks were actually 13th on the team. Hit .276 at home. Committed only one error. Great in the clubhouse.


The bad: He just couldn’t hit. Then he suffered a quad strain that sent him to the disabled list, never to be seen again.

What’s next: Retirement, probably. No one picked him up after the Dodgers released him on Aug. 13, and though it’s possible some team could invite him to camp, it doesn’t appear likely.

The take: Figgins was trying to pull off a tremendous long shot, and briefly, it appeared he might. He came to camp as a non-roster invitee having not played the previous year and after suffering through two miserable seasons (.185) prior with the Mariners.

Yet despite hitting only .200 during the spring, he made a place for himself as a needed utility player (his nine walks did lead the team in spring). He had a six-game stretch at the end of May where he looked like he might pull it off (.313, five for 16, three walks), but he was hitless in his last 10 at-bats before injuring his quad.


When he recovered, was sent to triple-A Albuquerque to rehab but could not hit there, either (.286 in 19 games). Having maxed out his rehab period, the Dodgers designated him for assignment but no team bit. He elected not to return to Albuquerque and was released.

Time seemed to catch up to the 5-foot-8 Figgins, who at age 27 led the American League in stolen bases (62) for the Angels in 2005. If this is the end, Figgins still spent 12 years in the majors and earned over $50 million.