funkwood wrote: nevermore wrote:
funkwood wrote:You are crazy if you don't think Prince deserves to be the All-Star starter.
While I appreciate good defense a lot in baseball and I think D Lee is fabulous with the glove (certainly one of the best I have ever seen) he is currently a glorified singles and doubles hitter. First base is a POWER position. D Lee has not hit a home run in a month. I guarantee the Cubs would take Prince's 25+HR and 60+ RBI at this point in a heartbeat if it came at a cost of 10+ errors.
In fact I was watching an Arizona D-Back game just last week in which the first baseman committed an error and the play by play guy (Darren Sutton-old Brewers announcer) said that Prince lead the league in errors by a first baseman. The color guy (Mark Grace- yes THAT Mark Grace) stated something like (I am paraphrasing): "I could care less if my first baseman made a few errors if he had 26 bombs in the middle of June like Prince has."
Considering Grace who was also a whiz with the glove, I think that says a lot.
Wait, wait, wait - You first claim that 1B is a POWER position and then back up your case for Prince by quoting somebody who never got more than 17HR in 16 seasons playing 1B? Got it.
I think it backs up my point even more to tell you the truth. Wouldn't it seem sillier if I cited a Cecil Fielder type (minus the relation) stating his admiration for Prince?
If I recall Grace often joked about his lack of power in his career. He was obviously the exception rather than the rule at 1B but then again he kind of played before the whole HR/roids explosion. But I think if you asked any baseball GM they would want a guy at 1B they could pencil in for 30+ HR a year.
You're saying 1B is a power position and that's why Prince deserves the start, yes?
Well my contention here is that Prince ain't the best 1B in the league but has mashed a bit so far. I don't think that he deserves the start based on that. Of course, everybody knows where I'm coming from and I obviously have my biases and I think somebody else is a better 1B and I think I made my case.
As for whether or not 1B is a POWER position, I don't think any position is technically. Good managers slot players where they can play in the field. There are a few 1Bs throughout history that mashed (Rollins, Big Mac, Foxx, Greenberg) but most of the sluggers were in the outfield (Sammy and Hack Wilson come to mind, natch - but so do Ruth, Barroid, Griffey, Maris, etc).