There are some pretty good first basemen in the major leagues right now. In the National League, two of the top four in the 2022 MVP voting are first basemen, along with the eighth place finisher.
On MLB Network this month, they’re doing their “Top 10 Right Now” lists for each position, and when it comes to first base, it’s no surprise that all three of those guys make the top five.
Paul Goldschmidt was the deserving winner of the MVP Award, and he’s deserving of his spot at the top of this list. Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman had a case to finish higher than fourth in the MVP race, but there’s no controversy on this list, where he takes the two spot.
MLB Network also has a fan vote for these lists, and the top three on the fan list were identical to the official top three.
Freeman had a pretty outstanding first year in Dodger blue, leading the majors in hits and doubles and leading the NL in runs and on-base percentage. It was a great year for the superstar in his first season back home in Southern California, and it was Freeman’s tenth straight year on MLB Network’s Top 10 list.
Freeman reached base 288 times in 2022, 22 times more than the second-most in the NL (Juan Soto), and his 313 total bases were third in the league behind Austin Riley and Goldschmidt despite having a relatively down year for homers.
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