As we creep closer to spring training, excitement surrounding the upcoming 2012 season is beginning to grow. In addition the dust is beginning to settle on what has been one of the most exciting and eventful offseasons in recent memory. Many familiar faces are now in new places. Among the many players to move cities and change uniforms are some of the game's top first basemen.
Over the years, the first base position has evolved into one of the most important positions in the game. Many teams look to the first base position as a place to house a valuable power bat. This could be why some of baseball's best players can be found playing first base.
Since there are so many quality players at the first base position, it can be quite entertaining to rank these players. As fun as it may be, it can be extremely difficult to determine which players are better than others.
For these rankings, careful consideration was taken into determining who qualifies as a first baseman. In order to make this list complete for 2012, a player must have played at least 90 games at first base in 2011 and is likely to play first base in 2012.
Let the ranking begin!