Wednesday, February 25, 2004

To summarize my analysis of first-basemen, I rank these four as follows:

1. Tony Perez
2. Keith Hernandez
3. Don Mattingly
4. Steve Garvey

Perez is a Hall of Famer, but Hernandez, in my estimation, only falls a little short in comparison. The only reason I can surmise as to why Hernandez has received so little Hall of Fame support is due to his lack of power as a first-baseman. This idea that certain positions on the field need to provide certain offensive skills is a little ridiculous. The fact that Hernandez was a first-baseman should work against him only to the extent that he played the least important defensive position on the field.