Jul 23, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks first basemanPaul Goldschmidt
(44) makes the out against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
First Base – Paul Goldschmidt
It is a little strange to put a player after just three full seasons with the team but that is the kind of talent Paul Goldschmidt is. “Goldy” had a breakout season in 2012 with plenty of black ink on the stat line. He led the National League in home runs (36) RBI (125) slugging percentage (.551), OPS (.952) and total bases (332).
Despite an injury shortened 2014, Goldschmidt’s 83 home runs are good enough for 9th on the all-time list. He also ranks second for a single season in WAR. Third in the same category for his career.
Goldschmidt missed the last month of the regular season in 2014 with a broken hand but is healthy and should add to what most certainly will be outstanding career numbers.
Third Base – Matt Williams
Williams was your prototypical power hitting third basemen. He was also a throw back gamer who was a fan favorite where ever he played. Best known as a San Francisco Giant, Williams came to the Diamondbacks in 1998 as a free agent. Although his best season were behind him, Williams had a magical 1999 season when he finished 3rd in voting for the National League MVP. That season he hit 35 home runs while helping the Diamondbacks win 100 games and the National League West Title.
That 1999 season would be Williams last stand. He would have three more injury shortened seasons with the Diamondbacks where he struggled to hit even 15 home runs in a season. However despite struggling with injury he was still a key part of the 2001 world championship team by providing leadership and clutch hitting.
Matt Williams is entering his second year as the manager of the Washington Nationals. In 2014, his first full season as a manager Williams led the Nationals to a NL East title with a 96-66 record.
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