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Ranking the best first basemen in MLB ahead of the 2020 season

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We have looked at the best catchers in Major League Baseball. As the 2020 season nears after a fierce dispute between the owners and players, the first basemen get our attention this time round.

First base is loaded. New All-Star level talents are appearing every season to rival the established names for the ‘best at the position’ crown.

Splitting those at the top of the game is a tricky task. The shortened 2020 season makes it yet more daunting, such is the possibility of freak seasons from anyone. The majority of starting MLB first basemen are capable of getting red-hot for a 40 or 50-game run, perhaps forcing themselves towards an MVP award. Brandon Belt and Yulieski Gurriel, two players who don’t make this list, could easily be the best first baseman in 2020.

While this list is based on current ability rather than potential or pedigree, this isn’t about guesswork for the truncated campaign. It’s an evaluation of who you’d rather have starting at first if you were building a team for a normal MLB season.

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