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March 11, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The End of First Basemen?


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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