Okay, let’s move on and take a look at the ESPN rankings released this week for the top ten first basemen for the upcoming 2011 season.
First Base Top 10
1. Albert Pujols, St. Louis
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit
3. Joey Votto, Cincinnati
4. Adrian Gonzalez, Boston
5. Kevin Youkilis, Boston
6. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
7. Prince Fielder, Milwaukee
8. Ryan Howard, Philadelphia
9. Adam Dunn, Chicago White Sox
10. Buster Posey, San Francisco
Well the list starts out very well – in fact after Pujols you could make an argument for any of the next three – Cabrera, Votto, or Gonzalez being second. I think Youkilis got the number five spot because of the impending move to third base which will give him dual position eligibility for the season. While that is a plus it shouldn’t improve his ranking at the only spot he can be drafted at but I also have no argument with him at #5.
But Mark Teixeira next tells me none of those writers have lived with Tex’s painfully slow starts in the last few years. Both Howard and Fielder would be above Teixeira on my list. Adam Dunn is certainly in the top ten……
BUT the inclusion of Buster Posey on the first base list just because he qualifies there is inane. Posey will be drafted and played at catcher where he belongs. You would have to play in a one catcher keeper league and have Mauer along with Posey to even think about playing him out of position. Paul Konerko would have been a much better first baseman to conclude this list.