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August 21, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Bill Hall in Mariners lineup — in left field

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UPDATED WITH QUOTES
Leave it to the Mariners to throw folks for a loop. They said they wanted to see newly-acquired Bill Hall play. So, instead of putting him at his best position, third base, they are starting him in left field. Hall has played the outfield well before, even starting in center for a time while with the Brewers.
Michael Saunders told me his shoulder feels fine, so this is apparently just the Mariners wanting to see Hall’s versatility.
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A few of us were chatting with Hall this afternoon in the visitors’ dugout. He gave us some interesting info about himself. First offd, he hails from the small town of Nettleton, in Mississippi, where his parents still live. If you leave his father’s place and hang a left on the highway, then 10 minutes later, you’ll stumble on to the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
“They’ve got like a whole park there you can go and visit and walk around in,” Hall said.
See it by clicking right here.


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That’s pretty interesting stuff.
I asked Hall whether it’s easier, when he hasn’t played for a while, to be starting at third base or in left field.
“I’d say left field because that’s where I’ve been playing — in the outfieldm” he said. “With third base, it always takes that first ground ball for me to settle down. When I haven’t played in a bit, you know, you want to make sure you’re positioned properly, that you’ll have the best angle to see the ball…until I get that first grounder, I’m pretty much a wreck. But it’s only until I get that first ground ball. After that, it’s all good. I’ve been doing this a long time.”
The lineup:
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
2B Jose Lopez
DH Mike Sweeney
1B Russell Branyan
LF Bill Hall
3B Jack Hannahan
C Rob Johnson
SS Josh Wilson
LHP Luke French

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