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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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Since: Apr 9, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 1:14 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Best first baseman in the MLB? Hmmm... well once you have at least ten consecutive seasons where you bat at least .300, hit at least 30HRs, and drive in at least 100 RBIs, get at me.



Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 12:12 am
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Defensively there wasn't a better first baseman in the league this year.  Period.  Pena, Tex, Youk (partial year) Morneau (partial year) cabrera (defense?) butler (ditto) etc etc.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 11:36 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

pena, tex, youkilis, morneau, cabrera, butler, konerko.. i know barton is a lot of bang for the buck but cmon mann. AL is deep



Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:04 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

Billy Beane proves time and time again why he is a moron.  How many bad trades has this guy made in a row?

As someone raised in CA and the Bay for a period of time, please fire this clown.  He had a good run for a few years but that was what 6 years ago and his style is no longer a fit, and no longer works in MLB as the A's recent record indicates.  It is time to drop this bum. 



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2010 9:59 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

with the way he playes it makes that trade for mulder even worse, even though he plays first, the cards could of used his bat this year, just play him at a different pos.



Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2010 9:42 pm
 

Is Daric Barton best first baseman in league?

What are they smoking - really?


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