Desmond DeChone (Chone) Figgins (goes by 'SHAWN')...attended Brandon (FL) High School, where he was third-team High School All-American as 1997 senior and first team All-Conference as both a junior and senior...named second team All- Conference as sophomore and voted team MVP in 1996...participated in Major League Baseball's Rookie Career Development seminar in January 2003...honored with 2005 Cool Papa Bell Award by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum for leading Majors in stolen bases... on roster with 26 other MLB players for 10th All-Star Series in Japan during in November 2006...originally selected by Colorado in the fourth round of the 1997 First-Year Player Draft and signed by scout Pat Jones.
Batted .308 (8-for-26) with three runs scored and six RBI in 11 Spring Training games with the Marlins before he was released on March 20.
Appeared in 81 games; fewestsince appearing in 71 his rookieseason in 2003: 3B - 80 G/77 GS,LF - 2 G/1 GS...On the 15-day disabled list witha right hip flexor strain Aug. 2-Sept. 4...made final appearanceof the season Aug. 1 vs. Oakland...Hit leadoff June 10 at Detroit;went 2-for-4 with a double...firststart in leadoff spot as a Mariner...Started in left field July 21 atToronto...first start in OF since Sept. 30, 2007 at Oakland (RF w/LAA) and first GS in LFsince Sept. 28, 2006 vs. Oakland...Went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a home run on Opening Day, April 1 at Oakland...Had 4 straight multi-hit games from April 27-April 30...Reached base safely in 10 consecutive games, June 5-15 (.290/9x31, 3 R, 5 BB)...Recorded season-high 3 hits (3x4, 3 R, 2B, 3 RBI) April 19 vs. Detroit...Hit .373 (19x51) in 19 spring training games, including a 12-game hitting streak March9-28 (.485/16x33)...Limited to 11 SB, fewest since 2003 (13)...broke string of 7 consecutive 30-steal seasons.
T5th in the AL with 42 stolenbases...5th 40+ SB season of hiscareer, 7th straight season with20+ steals....One of 3 players to record at least40 steals in 5 of last 6 seasons(also Carl Crawford & JuanPierre)...307 steals since 2004rank 4th in baseball....Became the first Mariners playerto increase his hit total in everymonth during a single season (fullmonths only)...16 hits in April; 22 in May; 26 in June; 27 in July; 28 in August and 36 hitsin September....Hit .235 (75x319) prior to the All-Star break; .286 (81x283) in 74 games following ASG....Led team with 74 walks...3rd among AL players since start of 2009 with 175 walks (1. B.Zobrist, 183; 2. B. Abreu, 181)....Hit .286 (54x189) as a right-handed batter, compared to .247 (102x413) left-handed....Reached base safely in 136 of 161 games, including 25 straight games Aug. 31-Sept.27...pair of season-high 9-game hitting streaks; Aug. 1-10 (.441/15x34) and Sept. 7-17(.459/17x37)....Hit only home run July 28 at Chicago (AL) off Mark Buehrle...7th career home run as aright-handed batter, first since July 7, 2006 at Oakland (off Barry Zito)....Set club record with at least one stolen base in 7 consecutive games (June 23-30),breaking Julio Cruz's record set in 1981....Tied career-high (6th time) with 3 stolen bases June 25 at Milwaukee....Stole 300th career base June 26 at Milwaukee in 1st inning....Led the Majors with 13 stolen bases in June (13-for-14)....Ejected June 6 vs. LAA (B2) by Tim Timmons (HP); first career ejection....Became first player in club history to steal 2 bases on Opening Day.
Hit .298 (183x615) with 114 runs,30 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers,54 RBI and 42 stolen bases inteam-best 158 games with LAA...Led AL with 101 walks, andranked 2nd in times reachingbase (285) and runs scored(114)...also T3rd with 42 stolenbases, T5th in multi-hit games(57), T6th in OBP (.395) and 8th inbatting with RISP (.333/45x135)...Led the Majors in pitches faced(3,068) and ranked 4th in AL with 4.21 pitches/plate appearance...A last-minute addition to the All-Star team in replacement of Evan Longoria (fingerinfection)...marked first career All-Star selection (DNP)...one of 5 players on the on-lineballot for the 2009 AL All-Star Final Man vote (Brandon Inge won, Figgins was 3rd)...Logged career-best 15-game hit streak, May 13-27 (.391, 25x64)...Hit a pair of leadoff HR, June 7 at Detroit & July 18 at Oakland...7 career leadoff HR...Matched career-high (5th time) with 3 stolen bases July 25 vs. Minnesota...tied careerhighand led AL with 9 multi-steal games...Recorded 1,000th career hit with RBI single in 6th inning Aug. 16 at Baltimore.
Limited to 116 games with Angels due to two DL stints for strained righthamstring...Batted .276 (125/453) with one home run and 22 RBI...Loggedteam-best 34 stolen bases to rank sixth in AL...Reached 30 stolen bases forthe fifth straight season, one of only four current players to do so (IchiroSuzuki, Jimmy Rollins & Juan Pierre)...Had three walk-off RBI, the most ina season for an Angel since Troy Glaus did it four times in 2002...Collectedwalk-off single Sept. 14 vs. Seattle (sixth in career)...Also had walk-offRBI single in 9th inning Aug. 10 and walk-off walk with two outs in 9thinning Aug. 4 vs. Baltimore...Connected for lone HR of season Sept. 6 atCWS - his first since Aug.18, 2007 at Boston...Tied career-high with threestolen bases Sept. 2 at Detroit (4th time)...Went 4-for-5 Aug. 3 at New Yorkafter putting up the same numbers July 31 in same series...Was first visiting player with a pair of four-hit games in a series atYankee Stadium since Wade Boggs did it for Boston in June 1989...Placed on bereavement list July 12 and was reinstated July16 (father Charles suffered a mild stroke).
Set a career-high with .330 average (146/442), tied with Tim Salmon (1995) for 5th highest in a season by an Angel...The .330 clip ranked 6th in AL...Majors top hitter since May 31 batting .381 (134/352)...Had 42 multi-hit games in his last 88 contests...Led AL batting .404 (74/183) at home...Batted .348 (32/92) with RISP...Tied career-high with three stolen bases (July 15 vs. Texas) to pass Gary Pettis as Angels' all-time stolen base leader (187)...Ranked 3rd in AL with 41 stolen bases...Posted 40 stolen bases for third consecutive season...Missed 14-games (8/22-9/6) with a sprain and bone bruise in left wrist...Also missed first month of season due to fractured index and middle fingers of his right hand suffered in Spring Training...Hit career-best .461 (53/115) in June...Entered month of June batting .160 (15/94) and raised average to.325 by month's end...His 53 hits in June set a new club record for a month (previously Darin Erstad with 48 hits in April, 2000) and his .461 clip for June tied Bengie Molina (May 2000) for best batting average in any month...He is one of only three players (Ichiro Suzuki, Randy Winn & Albert Pujols) in last five seasons to post 50 hits in a month...Posted 88 hits in 50-game stretch, May31-July 29, most hits by an Angel in that span in club history...Went 6-for-6 June 18 vs. Houston, first player in MLB to go 6-for-6 with a walk-off hit since Jim Northrup with Tigers on Aug. 18, 1969 (2-run HR in 13th)...His six hits tied an AL record for a 9-inning game and Angels' club record set by Garret Anderson...Posted career-best 14-game hitting streak (May 31- June 15)...Batted .452 (28/62) during streak... Tied club record with four walks July 23 vs. Oakland (9-inning game).
Figgins joined Jose Reyes (Mets) and Juan Pierre (Cubs) as the only players with at least 50 stolen bases in each of the last two seasons. He also became the first player in Angels history to hit for the cycle (9/16 at Rangers) and have an inside-the-park home run (9/29 vs. A's) in the same season. He struggled at the plate for the entire season, striking out 100 times for the second straight year. He was moved from the leadoff spot to the No. 9 hole in September. He finished with a .267 average, 93 runs and 62 RBIs. Figgins twice had walk-off hits for the Angels, Sept. 12 against the White Sox and Aug. 20 against the Mariners.
Selected as Co-MVP with Bartolo Colon by teammates (Gene Autry Trophy)...Tallied 62 stolen bases, 2nd most in Angels' single-season and 1st in Majors...Second Angel to lead league in SBs (Mickey Rivers, 70 in 1975)...Stole 17 bases in his final 29 games...Posted 10 multi-SB games...Collected two hits (185), Oct. 1 at Texas to break club record for switch-hitter in a season (184 - Johnny Ray, 1988)...Set career bests in runs (113), hits (186), doubles (25), home runs (8) and SBs (62)...6th in AL with 113 runs and 10th with 186 hits...Registered four hit streaks of at least 10 games, including two 13-game streaks to tie career-high...Led club with 52 multi-hit games...Connected for 3rd career leadoff HR (3rd in 2005) Sept. 11 at CWS...Committed just three errors last 100 games (at six different postitions)...First Angel with 100 runs and 50 stolen bases in same season...Started at six different positions (48 - 3B, 45 - CF, 36 - 2B, 13 - LF, 7 - RF, 1 - SS) and played two positions in a game 24 times...One of only three players in ML to start at six different positions in 2005 (Luis Gonzalez - COL and Chris Woodward - NYM) and only player in ML to do so last two seasons...Has led off game with triple six times in career, doing so in consecutive games (5/26-27), first time in Angels history lead-off triple in consecutive games (took 45 seasons and 7046 games to occur).
Spent first full season in majors and established career highs in all offensive categories...Hit safely in last nine games of2004 (.410, 16/39), stretch in which Angels went 7-2 to erase three-game deficit and win AL West...Posted six multi-hitefforts and eight runs in that span...Tallied 30th stolen base of season Sept. 18 vs. Texas, first Angel with as many SBs since1993...Collected 14th triple of season, Aug. 10 vs. Baltimore, to set Angels' single-season record...Finished second in majorswith 17 triples...In 26 starts in leadoff spot, batted .330 (38/115)...Angels were 13-4 when he tripled and 47-17 when he scoreda run...Started at six different positions in 2004: shortstop (9), third base (81), centerfield (36), left field (1), right field (1) andsecond base (14)...He and Jolbert Cabrera of Seattle were only players in majors this season to do so...Made one start throughAngels' first 15 games - started 141 of last 145 games...Played two positions in a game 33 times...3rd in AL with 34 stolenbases (47 attempts) and posted seven multi-SB games...Stole third base 10 times (2nd most in AL)...Finished 5-for-6 withtwo runs scored, a triple, grand slam home run (off Kurt Ainsworth) and six RBI, May 14 at Baltimore...Five hits and six RBImarked career highs...HR was first of career, becoming second player in 2004 to collect grand slam as first HR of career (BrianDallimore for San Francisco vs. Florida, April 30) and second Angel to ever accomplish feat (Buck Rodgers, Sept. 29, 1961 vs.Cleveland)...Hit safely in career-best 13 consecutive games, June 1-15...2004 Post-Season...Started each game (Games 1 & 2at second base; Game 3 at third base) of ALDS vs. Boston and hit leadoff in each contest...Hit .143 (2/14) in the series (1 HBP,5 SO, 1 SB) and committed two errors.
Split season between triple-A Salt Lake and Anaheim...In three stints with Angels, batted .296 (71/240) with 34 runs scored, nine doubles, four triples, 27 RBI and 13 stolen bases...One of five Angels with 10-or-more SBs...Hit safely in 19 of last 25 games...Batted .412 (21/51) with runners in scoring position...Had career-high eight-game hit streak, Sept. 2-9...Finished month of August with .392 (31/79) average, highest in major leagues for the month...Collected career-best four hits, Aug. 20 at Chicago...Has hit safely in 35 of 45 starts after final recall Aug. 9th (.306, 56/183), with 16 multi-hit games...Angels were 20-9 when he scored a run...Posted career-high three RBI, Aug. 11 vs. Chicago and Aug. 17 vs. Det...Made 58 starts with Angels (38 at CF, 12 at 2B, 6 at SS, 1 at LF and 1 at DH)...Had never appeared in outfield in ML prior to 2003...Hit .312 (89/285) with 55 runs, 14 doubles, 15 triples, 4 HR, 30 RBI and 16 SBs in 68 games with Salt Lake...15 triples at Salt Lake led Pacific Coast League and were the third most ever by an Angels' triple-A player (he is also second with 18 triples in 2002)...Hit safely in 10 of final 12 games with Stingers, batting .358 (19/53).
Began sixth professional season at triple-A Salt Lake...Batted .305 (156/511) in 125 games for Salt Lake...Tabbed by Baseball America as the Best Baserunner and Fastest Baserunner of the Pacific Coast League...At the time of promotion (Aug. 22), was leading Pacific Coast League with 18 triples, 100 runs scored and 39 stolen bases (tied with Memphis' Chad Myers)...Also ranked fourth in hits (156)...Triples and stolen base marks set new franchise records (old marks were 10 triples and 35 stolen bases)...Had 20-game hit streak, June 6-26, batting .383 (31/81)...Also reached base in 22-straight games, June 6-28...Had hit streaks of 14, 9, 8 and 7 games...Named as organization's Player of the Month for July after batting .340 (35/103) with 24 runs, three doubles, five triples, one home run, 18 RBI and nine stolen bases in 25 games...Had contract selected from triple-A Salt Lake, Aug. 22, replacing Tim Salmon on roster, and appeared as pinch-runner in 10 of 15 games with Angels (scoring two game-winning runs, one go-ahead run)...Made first major league start (second base), Sept. 15 vs. Texas, collecting first ML hit and RBI (single off Aaron Myette)...Flew out to left field in first ML at-bat, Aug. 31 vs. Baltimore...Made major-league debut, Aug. 25 at Boston as pinch-runner and scored game-winning run in 8th inning...One of five Angels to make ML debut in 2002...After conclusion of post-season, played for Scottsdale Scorpions of Arizona Fall League.
When called up on August 23, 2002 Salt Lake Stingers 2B Chone Figgins was leading the Pacific Coast League with 18 triples, 100 runs scored and 39 stolen bases (tied with Memphis' Chad Myers)... He also ranked fourth in hits (156)...Triples and stolen base marks are new franchise records (old marks were 10 triples and 35 stolen bases)...Had 20-game hit streak, June 6-26, batting .383 (31/81) with three doubles, three triples, three home runs and 10 RBI...Also reached base 22-straight games, June 6-28...Also had hit streaks of 14-, 9-, 8- and 7-games...Named as the organization's Player of the Month for July after batting .340 (35/103) with 24 runs, three doubles, five triples, one home run, 18 RBI and nine stolen bases in 25 games...Stole three bases in a game three times this season...Hit safely in 96 of 125 games this season, including 42 multi-hit games...Collected season-high four hits three times.
Played with Salem and led Carolina League in triples (14), runs (92) and ranked second in hits (145) andat-bats (522), third in stolen bases (37) and games (134) and eighth in average (.278)...Named to Carolina LeagueAll-Star team...Selected Carolina League Player of Week (June 15-21) after hitting .500 with two doubles, five stealsand five RBI...Hit three triples in game, June 7, 2000.
Set then career-highs in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles, sac-hits, walks and strikeouts.
Ranked fifth in Northwest League in stolen bases (25)...Selected to Northwest League All-Star team atshortstop.
In professional debut, led Arizona League in triples (6) and ranked third in stolen bases (30) and fourth ingames (54).