CineSportsTalk vs MLB Network: 2015 Top 10 First Basemen

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Every year MLB Network runs down their list of “Top 10 Right Now” at each position. They do it a few different ways. First, they use their machine called the “Shredder.” The Shredder takes all of the human factor out of it and goes based solely on numbers alone. They rank each position in that manner and use both offensive numbers as well as defensive numbers. Then the host of the show, Brian Kenny, gets his chance to count them down and then the special guest host for that particular countdown gets their say.

We will start with the Shredder, Brian Kenny and the special guest host and then move on to Steve, Scott and the Sportz Nutt from CineSportsTalk! Here we go and let us know what you think!

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Steve’s Top 10

10. Joey Votto

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As much as Scotty likes to hate on Joseph Votto, he is still a very good 1st baseman. He needs to stay healthy to prove me right and I think that happens this season.

9. Adrian Gonzalez

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Mr. Reliable. This guy keeps on hitting and keeps on driving in runs. There is no team out there that wouldn’t want him on their team.

8. Prince Fielder

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This is not the popular opinion on Prince, but I think he still has the potential for 35 homeruns. He can hit some bombs and the way the ball travels with that hot Texas sun, it will happen this year.

7. Albert Pujols

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Gone are the days when Albert was easily the number 1 guy at his position. That being said he is still lethal with the bat and you will not hesitate to take 28 homeruns and 105 rbi from your 1st basemen (those were his numbers from 2014). On second thought, maybe I have him ranked too low.

6. Freddie Freeman

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This poor guy has no help in the lineup this season in Atlanta. Everyone has been traded away and they are waiting for their new stadium to be built to spend some money again. It’s going to be a long season for this guy.

5. Anthony Rizzo

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This guy has the goods. I think he has the power (with a bit of help from Wrigley) to hit 35 homeruns and lead his team to a much better record than they have had in a long time.

4. Edwin Encarnacion

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This is a guy that does it almost every year and a guy that I never trust in fantasy baseball. I don’t know what it is. It’s just one of those things.

3. Jose Abreu

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This guy was a monster last year – especially during the first half of the season. He is going to be in the middle of a pretty good White Sox lineup.

2. Miguel Cabrera

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I’m not sure there is much I need to say about Miggy. He was hurt last year and still put up some good numbers. He is back with a bit of a chip on his shoulder this year.

1. Paul Goldschmidt

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This guy has all of the tools, including speed. His speed might fall off a bit as he concentrates on average and power, but he is still a beast. A hit by pitch last year ended his season with a wrist injury, but I look for a monster year from him this season.

Scott’s Top 10

10. Buster Posey

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THE BEST CATCHER IN BASEBALL IS ALSO A TOP 10 FIRST BASEMAN.

9. Prince Fielder

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CAN WE PLEASE SEE A HEALTHY FIELDER THIS SEASON?

8. Victor Martinez

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IN A POINTS LEAGUE V-MART IS A MONSTER. VERY SOLID 1B/UTILITY PLAYER.

7. Albert Pujols

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I’M NOT BUYING THE DECLINE JUST YET. STILL AN ABSOLUTE ANIMAL.

6. Freddie Freeman

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A TEPID BRAVES LINE UP STUNTS FREEMAN’S POTENTIAL, BUT STILL A SOLID 1B CHOICE IN 2ND OR 3RD RD.

5. Anthony Rizzo

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HAD A MONSTROUS 2014. THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT FOR THIS YOUNG SLUGGER.

4. Edwin Encarnacion

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THE MODEL OF CONSISTENCY, NEVER GETS THE RESPECT HE DESERVES.

3. Jose Abreu

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EVEN THOUGH HE FELL OFF THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS OF 2014, I’M BUYING THE POTENTIAL HERE.

2. Miguel Cabrera

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I’M NOT READY TO DROP HIM THAT FAR BEING THAT HE PLAYED MOST OF 2014 INJURED.

1. Paul Goldschmidt

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FLAT OUT BEAST. NEEDS TO STAY HEALTHY.

The Sportz Nutt’s Top 10

10. Chris Carter

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I like to go off the board a bit when I make my final pick, so here’s one: He will hit 40 homeruns this season.

9. Joey Votto

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The man knows how to hit and how to score. He’s still a great 1B.

8. Albert Pujols

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No longer elite, and on the back-swing of his illustrious career, but he could still hit 20+ homeruns and drive in many given the Angels’ lineup.

7. Prince Fielder

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The Prince is back to his throne of power. However, his team is bad too and he could have lingering injuries.

6. Freddie Freeman

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No doubt he’s the best of the Braves and a legit top notch MLB player. That being said, the rest of the lineup is weak and his numbers will slip.

5. Adrian Gonzalez

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Just consistently good. He will hit over 20 homeruns again and top over .280, guaranteed.

4. Anthony Rizzo

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Started living up to the hype last year. If he continues that trend this season, he’ll be a top 3 next season.

3. Edwin Encarnacion

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He proved to me last season that he’s a legitimate source of power and will probably top 35 homeruns this season. I’m tempted to move him up, but he’s not a runner.

2. Jose Abreu

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I’m not 100% sold, due to his second half slump, and I think he’ll regress a bit. That being said, the sky is the limit.

1. Paul Goldschmidt

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Double digit steals, almost 30 homeruns, near .300 averags and a ton of runs? Yes please, and that makes him 1st in my books.