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Saturday, August 08, 2020

What Happened to MLB’s Elite First Basemen?

The two worst OPS+ for first basemen relative to league splits, at least as full records exist since 1973, have occurred in each of the past two years: 111 last year and 112 in 2018. And the early returns this year are that it’s getting worse. It’s down to 106. First basemen are off to a .226 start.

The last time any other position posted a better OPS+ than first base was 29 years ago–and that “position” was DH. For the first time anybody can remember first basemen have posted a lower OPS than three other positions: shortstop, center field and right field. That just should not happen for a position with low defensive requirements.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 08, 2020 at 12:12 AM | 11 comment(s)
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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Ultimate first baseman rankings: Where does Albert Pujols rank among the all-time greats?

Welcome back to our ongoing series aimed at determining the best of the best at each position in Major League Baseball.

Our goal here is two-fold. First, we determine each current franchise’s best ever player at a position. Then we rank those players 1-30 to determine how they stack up in MLB history. 

The only caveat being that the selected player must come from the current incarnation of each franchise in order to be ranked. But don’t worry, we’ll throw in bonus players when warranted as well. To make things more interesting, we also require that no player represents multiple franchises or multiple positions.

We’ve already taken a close look at starting pitchers and catchers. Today, we focus on first base.

So, what do we make of this list?

 

QLE Posted: April 23, 2020 at 12:50 AM | 93 comment(s)
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