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01-23

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen
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Bret Sayre

01-21

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17

State of the Position: First Basemen
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Craig Goldstein

01-21

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15

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: First Basemen
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Mauricio Rubio

03-20

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23

Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen
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Josh Shepardson

03-11

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Pebble Hunting: The End of First Basemen?
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Sam Miller

07-22

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4

BP Unfiltered: The Waste Land of the National League
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Colin Wyers

02-29

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12

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
by
Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

02-03

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35

Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-27

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25

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Heavyweight Infield
by
Jay Jaffe

01-13

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61

Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-21

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36

Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident
by
Mike Fast

12-19

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9

Wezen-Ball: The Greatest Comic Ever
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Larry Granillo

11-22

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10

Fantasy Beat: Early Off-Season ADPs
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Jason Collette

11-03

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24

Wezen-Ball: Take Me Out to the Holosuite: A Star Trek DS9 Breakdown
by
Larry Granillo

10-28

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54

World Series Prospectus: Game Six: The Crazy Train Keeps Rolling
by
Jay Jaffe

08-18

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26

The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

08-04

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6

Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense
by
Mike Fast

07-12

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Painting the Black: Mid-season Heroes and Goats, Part 1
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R.J. Anderson

06-21

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39

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Positional Primacy: First Base
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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11

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: U Got the Look: Fielders, Part I
by
Jason Parks

05-19

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4

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball in 1864
by
Clay Davenport

05-02

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6

Prospectus Hit and Run: Bautista's Enduring Young Charms
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Jay Jaffe

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
by
David Laurila

04-13

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17

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
by
David Laurila

03-11

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8

Fantasy Beat: Billy Butler, Speed Demon
by
Jason Collette

02-17

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38

Fantasy Focus: First Base Rankings
by
Marc Normandin

02-01

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22

Future Shock: San Diego Padres Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-11

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41

Future Shock: Oakland Athletics Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-27

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16

World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
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Baseball Prospectus

08-13

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Prospectus Q&A: On Trammell and Whitaker
by
David Laurila

06-30

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Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct
by
Christina Kahrl

06-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Davey Lopes
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David Laurila

03-29

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7

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: First Base, Third Base, and Designated Hitter
by
Michael Street

02-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Derrick Loop
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David Laurila

02-11

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14

You Could Look It Up: Three Joes and Some Other Guys Named Overbay
by
Steven Goldman

01-18

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29

Transaction Action: NL Ketchup
by
Christina Kahrl

01-08

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15

You Could Look It Up: First-Base Horrors
by
Steven Goldman

01-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Pedro Grifol
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David Laurila

09-17

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7

Changing Speeds: A Situational Pitching Hotfix
by
Ken Funck

06-08

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44

Prospectus Roundtable: Fixing the Mets
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Baseball Prospectus

02-04

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21

Future Shock: Indians Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

12-07

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5

Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
by
John Perrotto

10-08

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12

Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Phillies
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Jay Jaffe

05-11

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Every Given Sunday: Chasing Four-Tenths
by
John Perrotto

04-03

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR, the Sequel
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Dan Fox

03-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Reminiscing with SFR
by
Dan Fox

01-24

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Schrodinger's Bat: Simple Fielding Runs Version 1.0
by
Dan Fox

07-19

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down, Part Two
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Dan Fox

07-12

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Schrodinger's Bat: Dropping One Down
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Dan Fox

06-18

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Watching the Detectives
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Mike Carminati

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January 23, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 First Basemen

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Bret Sayre

Paul Goldschmidt leads off this list of the best long-term assets at the position heading into 2014.

The Primer:
Because dynasty-league rankings are relatively league-dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, where there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever and owners have minor league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. So feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or only formats.

First base is the place you need to get offense these days if you want to compete, and after a strong first ten or so names, the rest of the options can get a little more dicey than you’d like to see. It’s not a particularly strong pipeline for prospects, but that’s not terribly uncommon for the position—the pipeline is often just as wide for players who have defensive deficiencies than it has been for strict first base prospects in the last decade or so. That won’t be any different in 2015, when Miguel Cabrera and Joe Mauer join the fold.


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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

State of the Position: First Basemen

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Craig Goldstein

Craig examines the strategies you should employ when filling this premium offensive position, and what it might look like down the road.

First base is always an interesting position, especially for those of us who are in dynasty leagues (or just into prospects) because it lacks the high-end prospects in the minors but manages to maintain a huge portion of value in fantasy. Because of the depth that the position picks up at the major-league level, thanks mainly to position changes, the strategy it sees can actually be similar to the one Bret mentioned in the State of the Position: Catchers writeup, in that many people will go into a draft planning on passing until the later rounds. With catchers, this can be because at some point, all that’s left are similarly (but poorly) skilled players, so it just doesn’t matter who you end up with. It’s different at first base in that, while there are elite talents at the top, the depth of the position provides some cushion for those who choose to draft/spend elsewhere early on.

That depth is the defining aspect to the position. While outfield may rival first base for its depth, it also has between 3-5 positions to fill, depending on the league, while first base only has the one (though CI is also filled by 1B-eligible players). The top of the depth chart at first base appears more muddled than ever, with Chris Davis the reigning king thanks to his power explosion in 2014. Still, Paul Goldschmidt might be the better investment thanks to a steadier track record and impressive versatility (he led all first baseman with 15 stolen bases). We’ve seen Eric Hosmer and Brandon Belt finally, hopefully, solidify themselves reliable first-base options with upside, adding talent to what has become a very robust middle tier.

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January 21, 2014 6:00 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: First Basemen

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual representation of the rankings in the tiered first-base list with a breakdown of the statistical contributions each player is projected to make.

For a primer on the graphical rankings, click here.

First base was an extremely fun position to break down this year. The top offensive producers will come from the cold corner. Miguel Cabrera will move there from third, Joe Mauer and perhaps Buster Posey will enter into transitional phases in their careers at first, and there’s still a host of highly talented incumbents that crowd the rankings quite a bit. Again, these are made to mirror Mike Gianella’s tiered system and aren’t necessarily in a hard order. With that in mind, let’s address some questions about the graphs.

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March 20, 2013 9:08 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: First Basemen

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Josh Shepardson

The trio at the top won't make it out of many first rounds, but there are values to be found in lower tiers.

Next up on the tier rankings is first base. Below you'll find the tier breakdown at the position.

For those just now stumbling upon the series, and for those who need a refresher, the tiers are broken down by stars. Five-star players are the studs at their respective positions. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and they'll fetch auction bids in excess of $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs. They will also be early round selections, and they're projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. As was the case with our positional rankings series, the positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of the projected PECOTA values.

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March 11, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The End of First Basemen?

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Sam Miller

First basemen had a collective down year in 2012. Why was that, and will it last?

In a chat last month, I was asked whether third base is the weakest position in baseball. The answer: not by total WARP produced in 2012, by a longshot. Of all the men playing in the field (that is, excluding DHs and pinch-hitters), third basemen produced the second-highest percentage of the league’s positional WARP:

C: 14 percent
1B: 7 percent
2B: 6 percent
3B: 15 percent
SS: 11 percent
LF: 12 percent
CF: 18 percent
RF: 12 percent
DH: 6 percent









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With apologies to T.S. Eliot

[The other evening on Twitter, FanGraphs and Baseball Nation author Wendy Thurm called NL first basemen "a wasteland this year." This is the result. --CW]
 

The Waste Land (Of The National League)


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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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The future of the Giants' farm system will largely depend upon the team's most recent draft.

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Armed with a plan to play Prince Fielder at first base and Miguel Cabrera at third, the Tigers might field one of the worst defensive infields in recent memory.

It's no hyperbole to say Prince Fielder's nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers shocked the baseball world. The Tigers certainly weren’t on the list of likely suitors given their sizable commitment to the sizable player occupying his position: Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera was the AL's most valuable first baseman in 2010 and 2011 according to WARP, and is under contract for another $86 million through 2015. Even with the designated hitter slot open due to Victor Martinez's season-ending torn ACL—the catastrophe that triggered Fielder’s signing—the team plans to play the new guy at first base and shift the incumbent to third base. It’s a position Cabrera hasn't played regularly since 2007, but one that he nonetheless calls "his natural position." Paired with Ryan Raburn at second base and Jhonny Peralta at shortstop—two players moved to less demanding defensive positions years ago, only to shift back to harder ones—the Tigers are threatening to field one of the more terrifying infields in recent memory.

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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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The hit-and-run is much maligned as a small-ball tactic, but it's a surprisingly successful strategy.

In this game you never know enough.”—Dale Mitchell

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A look at a 1976 comic book featuring a baseball game between superheroes and supervillians.

Allow me to introduce you to the single greatest comic book issue ever printed, courtesy of The Comic Treadmill:

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