2012 Position Preview: First base

Some things never change: This position is loaded ... at least in the AL

Updated: March 28, 2012, 11:59 AM ET
By AJ Mass | ESPN.com

The first base position in 2012 is a tale of two leagues.

Last year, there were 16 players with first base eligibility who finished in the top 100 of the ESPN Player Rater. Only six of those players were from the National League. We say "were" because with the free-agent defections of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder to the land of the designated hitter, we're down to only four left in the senior circuit.

Throw in offseason surgery for Ryan Howard and a questionable return date, ...

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