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Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Posted on: October 5, 2010 8:50 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 8:52 pm
 
Daric Barton How good does Athletics general manager Billy Beane think first baseman Daric Barton is? Let MLB.com relay the words:

"He showed himself to be, in my opinion, the best first baseman in the league."

Them's fighting words.

Let's get this out of the way first: Barton is not the best first baseman in the league when you consider total package, but he's up there. Most of Barton's value resides in his fantastic fielding -- a 14.3 UZR/150 and 20 defensive runs saves outpace the other contenders significantly. There's no question that Barton is one of the better fielders in the game, and after several starts and stops has also proven himself adept with the bat, although he has a long way to go in that regard to be one of the better hitting first basemen.

Barton led the American League with 110 walks, which gave him an excellent .393 OBP to go with a .273 batting average, but the major knock on Barton is his lack of power, and 2010 was no different. Barton's 33 doubles, five triples (four in Oakland's cavernous park) and 10 home runs gave him a .393 slugging percentage. Subtracting his slugging percentage from batting average gives him an isolated power mark of .131, down from 2009's .141 and second-last among all first baseman just in front of the Dodgers' James Loney.

Even though Barton doesn't have the power, he's just 25 with plenty of time to develop -- and he'll get that time.

"I was quite pleased with what he did there this year, and I have no intention of taking him off first base," Beane added.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:43 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Billy Beane is the most overrated jack ass in MLB!  Barton is a bottom feader and one of the weakest hitting corner IF`s in the game today, but these crazy made up stats on his fielding??? What the hell is that?  I don`t understand why Bean brain gets a free pass and lauded as some mega genius since his teams always flop. Enjoy D. Barton and keep thinking he`s the best b/c you are the only one who does stupid. 



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:19 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Is this a joke ??  This guys opinion is humorous if your not an A's fan.  Here are some of the best outfielders in Baseball -  Carlos Gonzalez,  Nelson Cruz,  Andre Eithier all traded by Billy Bean.  Add to that guys like Swisher, Tejada let go instead of Chavez. How does this guy remain a general manager  ???



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

He's been in Oakland for too long.  He is used to incoherent, insane quotes coming from the front office of the football team.



Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:49 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

This from the guy who traded Carlos Gonzalez? C'mon, Bily Beane has zero credibility. Please don't even report his idiotic ramblings.



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:00 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Who cares? If defense on first was so important then they wouldnt have 300 pound giants on first. It really hurts your team when you dont have a power hitting first, and it also happens to be a very easy defensive position, with much less range needed than pretty much any position.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:37 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

he is probably the 9th best first baseman.
barton is no lyle overbay either. just based on defense alone
he may be better than justin smoke(except for hr power & avg based on 2010 season, but NOT potential for the future), whoever the orioles run out there, chris davis and laporta.. thats about it!
with everyone playing fantasy sports, and having cable package (i have nfl and mlb pacakges on direct tv), not to metion espn and mlb network... articles like this one can be writtien BY ANY OF US. i dont know who they are trying to kid!!!!!



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:48 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

And take Bob "The Game-killer" Geren with him out the door!



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:46 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Yes,give him time to develop, but wait for it.......POW!.....He will be traded like yesterday's garbage by ol' Billy himself. I give it two to three years,tops.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:24 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Not always as easy to switch positions as it seems.  Look at the Cards and the Chris Duncan left field experiment!  Although I would have to say Barton is much more athletically gifted than Duncan so it may have worked.  Regardless, the Cards definitely got the short end of that trade.



Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:01 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

They are probably dating.


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