Chone Figgins Will Retire After Signing One-Day Contract with Angels

Photo courtesy of DodgersDigest.com

Photo courtesy of DodgersDigest.com

Chone Figgins, who spent eight years with the Angels as a valuable utility man and lineup spark plug, will sign a one-day contract with the team on Monday so he can officially retire as an Angel, reported ocregister.com

Figgins, 38 years old, was with the Angels from 2002 to 2009, including an All-Star appearance in his final season. He hit .291 with a .363 on-base percentage with the Angels. For most of his Angels’ career, he hit first or second, stated ocregister.com

In a statement released by the team, the 38-year-old Figgins noted two memories from his eight seasons with the Angels: the time Manager Mike Scioscia told him he’d better see him soon when sending him down from big league camp, and the time he debuted in the majors as a pinch-runner on the 2002 World Series championship team, when Scioscia said he needed to make something happen, reported LATimes.com

“A trade to the Angels in July 2001 led to a big league debut in late 2002 at the high point in Anaheim baseball history,”  reported MLBtraderumors.com “Figgins went from a late season callup to earning a World Series ring, appearing in six postseason games as a pinch-runner during the Angels’ run to their only championship,” added the source.

“From Day 1, since I got the call, regardless of where my career went after this, I (knew) I would want to retire as an Angel,” said Figgins on Tuesday March 22 during a conference call with reporters. “They gave me my first shot,” reported foxnews.com. “The Angels won the 2002 World Series in Figgins’ first year with the team, in which he appeared in only 15 games. By 2004, Figgins was a full-time player, appearing in at least 115 games during the next six seasons.”