Saturday, December 11, 2010
Best First Baseman of All-Time: Gehrig
Jimmie Foxx is the only the first baseman that comes somewhat close to Gehrig. He had more home runs than Gehrig (534 to Gehrig's 493) and also compiled a .325 average, a .428 OBP, and a slugging percentage of .609. He won three MVP awards in 1932, 1933, and 1938. Even with more homers than Gehrig, Foxx was still not as complete a player as Gehrig was.
A player who could eventually come close to Gehrig: Albert Pujols. Through ten seasons, Pujols already has 319 homers with a slash line of .334/.425/.624 (avg, obp, slg). In each of his ten seasons, he has finished with at least a .300 average, 30 homers, and 100 RBIs. He has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting in all ten of his seasons, winning in 2005, 2008, and 2009. If he can continue to have the consistency that he has shown, he will be considered one of the best first baseman and best right-handed hitters of all time.