By Evan Brunell
The non-roster invitee earned the invitation after batting .316 to beat out Michael Saunders. The 31-year-old has had extensive experience in the majors despite the relative surprise of the announcement. Langerhans has been a Mariner for the past two seasons, with two brief sojourns in Oakland and Washington in 2007. Prior to that. Langerhans spent five years in Atlanta. All told, he has a career .228/.333/.374 line in 1,395 plate appearances.
So while Langerhans may have the job, history says he won't hit well enough to keep it. If he doesn't get off to a fast start, the team could easily dump Langerhans and keep Saunders in the reserve role. However, Langerhans hs reworked his swing and come out of it with positive results, so could easly cling onto the job.
"He really has had a nice camp for us," Wedge told MLB.com. "Michael will be in center field some, too. But we felt that's where we wanted to start on Opening Day, and we'll go from there. He's been around a little bit more and has some experience. You really have to recognize the camp he had, the way he swung the bat and ran the bases, and he plays an aggressive center field. So that's where we want to start."