The MLB's Top 10 First Basemen Since 1980

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistMay 8, 2009

The MLB's Top 10 First Basemen Since 1980

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 13:  Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox hits a solo home run in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves on June 13, 2004 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Braves 10-3.  (Photo by Jonathan Dan

No. 10: Mark McGwire*

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    26 Jul 2001:  Mark McGwire #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals at bat during the game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Cubs 3-1.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel  /Allsport

No. 9: Fred McGriff

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    14  Apr 1996:  First baseman Fred McGriff of the Atlanta Braves stares back at the pitchers mound as he awaits the ball during an at-bat in the Braves 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California.    Mandatory Cred

No. 8: Jim Thome

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    16 Apr 2000: Jim Thome #24 of the Cleveland Indians running during the game against the Texas Rangers at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Rangers 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Harry How  /Allsport

No. 7: Rafael Palmeiro*

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    3 Apr 2001:  Rafael Palmeiro #25 of the Texas Rangers moves to get the ball during the game against the Anaheim Angels at The Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  The Rangers defeated the Angels 3-2.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran  /Allsport

No. 6: Don Mattingly

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    OAKLAND, CA - 1990:  Don Mattingly #23 of the New York Yankees looks on as he stand on the field during practice prior to a 1990 season game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/

No. 5: Todd Helton

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    DENVER - APRIL 29:  First baseman Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies takes an at bat against the San Diego Padres during MLB action at Coors Field on April 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 7-5.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/G

No. 4: Jeff Bagwell

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    SEATTLE - JUNE 8:  Jeff Bagwell #5 of the Houston Astros bats against the Seattle Mariners on June 8, 2004 at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.  The Astros won 1-0.   (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

No. 3: Albert Pujols

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 07:  First baseman Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the Houston Astros during the second  inning on April 7, 2008 at Minute Maid Park In Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

No. 2: Eddie Murray

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    LOS ANGELES - 1989:  Eddie Murray #33 of the Los Angeles Dodgers readies for the pitch during the 1989 season game against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)

No. 1: Frank Thomas

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 3:  Designated hitter Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox swings at a pitch against the Boston Red Sox during a game on September 3, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Red Sox defeated the White Sox 5-4 in 10 i

Honorable Mentions

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    5 Mar 1998:  Infielder Mo Vaughn of the Boston Red Sox in action during a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians at the Chain of Lakes Park in Winter Haven, Florida. The Red Sox defeated the Indians 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Craig Melvin  /Allsp

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