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Black Hole at First

Black Hole at First

I almost vomited today. I don’t claim to have a long streak without having thrown up. Certainly not as long as Seinfeld claimed in an episode. I’m not sick. I didn’t eat anything disagreeable. I looked at the recent performance of Bucco first baseman and I felt ill.
I was reading Buster Olney’s blog at ESPN.com. He commented on the Adam LaRoche/Mike Gonzalez swap and specifically said (I’m paraphrasing) that getting a power bat at first base is among a GM’s easiest jobs. So, he figured the Braves would be just fine. I’ve commented on this site before about the Reds long drought at first after dealing Tony Perez to Montreal after the 1976 season. They had some good players man first, but nobody with a big stick. So, I went back to 1991 with the Pirates and found out that they too have lacked.
The following table has the league average OPS for NL first baseman for each year followed by what Pirate first baseman as a group did (thank you Retrosheet). The third column lists which Pirate wa...

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Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.

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