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A whole lot of uncertainty at first base

16 teams will begin next year with a different 1B than the one they opened with in '10

Originally Published: December 17, 2010
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

On April 26, first baseman Ryan Howard signed a five-year extension worth $125 million, a deal that part of the baseball world hailed as another sign of a dynastic future for the Philadelphia Phillies, and an even greater part of the baseball world called an overpay with dangerous ramifications. Every day since, first base has been a point of discussion, confusion and contention. Is it a loaded position, a position undergoing a change, or is it both?

With eight days to go until Christmas, ...

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