Former MLB renaissance man Chone Figgins announced today that he would sign a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday and officially retire, according to Lindsey Foltin of Fox Sports.
Figgins played for the Angels from 2002 to 2009 and received a World Series ring his debut year despite only appearing in 15 games. He became a full-time player in 2004 and immediately impressed fans and experts alike with his versatility, playing multiple positions throughout his career.
Figgins led all of baseball with 62 stolen bases in 2005 and left the Angels after the 2009 season to sign a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners, but was not the same electrifying player he was in Angels manager Mike Scioscia’s aggressive system. Figgins last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014, appearing in 38 games as a reserve infielder.
He will retire from baseball with fairly modest numbers, his .276 lifetime batting average accompanied by just 1,298 hits and 341 stolen bases. Chone Figgins only appeared in one All-Star Game and was never a superstar, but was very much beloved by Angels fans during his playing days.
Thus, it’s only fitting that he retire as a member of the Halos.
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