Cheap Seats Chatter Versus: First Basemen

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On this edition of Cheap Seats Chatter, the crew of Joe, MAK, and Alex discussed prominent first basemen from the 21st Century. The first basemen in question were Todd Helton, Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto, and Albert Pujols. There was a clear number one of the group, but the rest of the rankings were very close.

Cheap Seats Chatter: Ranking the First Basemen

Alex, MAK, and Joe all agreed to some order of Helton, Cabrera, and Votto for the second, third, and fourth spots. Votto and Helton both impressed the crew with their ability to draw walks while still hitting for great power. Joe also gave both players bonus points for their fantastic fielding abilities. The threesome agreed that Cabrera’s offense gave him a leg up over Votto and Helton. MAK and Alex both ranked Cabrera second, Votto third, and Helton fourth. Meanwhile, Joe put Cabrera at fourth, with Helton and Votto at second and third respectively.

The last part of the show was spent raving about the greatness of Albert Pujols. The crew agreed that Pujols was first by a country mile, as he had the others clearly beat in almost every category. While his decline has been painful to watch, the consensus from the group was that it’s hard to believe that his retirement is near. Some may consider Pujols to be the greatest first baseman of all-time.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.