Sporcle Saturday: First and third basemen since 2017

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) celebrates a win with Tim Anderson (7) after the MLB baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox on September 17, 2020 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago, IL. (Photo by Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire)

Good morning!

Now that the outfield is out of the way, it’s time to move our Sporcle closer to home, and begin concentrating on the infield positions. Today, as the title of this post suggests, will center around first and third base.

Third base has seen its share of names since 2017 –though in large part that’s been due to injury rather than ineffectiveness– but first base, as you might suspect, has been pretty constant. Still, I’d wager there are a few names on there that you’d rather forget, and will instead harbor deep resentment towards me for dredging them up. Like anthrax in the permafrost, though, you just can’t rid yourself of them entirely.

So, today: first and third basemen to man either position(s) –for one-third of an inning or more– at any point since 2017. Between those spots, it accounts for sixty player seasons. How many can you name? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints, I’ve provided the year, position, and number of innings manned at that position.

Useless information to amaze, annoy, confuse, and/or confound your friends and family:

  • The highest WAR value at first base since 2017 is 15.4 over 655 games, while the lowest is -1.0. In 175 innings.
  • Likewise, at third: 12.9 WAR over 531 games, while the lowest is -0.4 in 182.1 innings.

(Photo credit: Kiyoshi Mio/Icon Sportswire)

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roke1960

48/60. Another disappointing performance. I missed 7 players, about 6 of whom I have tried to purge from my memory.

asinwreck

58/60. The two guys I missed were quite notable. One has been an All-Star (for another team) and the other

is a folk hero
had a burger named after him. I just plain forgot he was ever allowed to don a glove in the majors
.

Despite some names that evoke terrible memories, this is a pretty good era for Sox infield corners. Not nearly as dire as the guys populating the 2017-19 outfield.

Trooper Galactus

Yeah, I kinda figured this list would be a lot less depressing than previous installments given first base has been locked down by the same guy playing at an All-Star level or near that for the last eight seasons. Granted, he’s had a series of disastrous DH guys doing part time platoons with him here and there, but it’s probably the only position on the team where the primary player has been good to great the entire duration covered here.

Third base is also pretty strong during that duration. Aside from 2018, where the primary was a defense-only player, we’ve generally had solid all-around contributors at the position since 2017. I’d say only first base and shortstop have been as consistently valuable in that time.