These type of threads were done a few years ago by Blue Cardinal, and now that a few years have passed, times have changed and we may (or may not) have a new perspective on who we think is best. This series will be used to help identify who WZ think is the best current baseball player. While some positions are deeper than others, if you aren't the best at your own position you can't be the best in the game. With that being said, here's the criteria I'd like you all to use: Who you think will play the best for THIS season only? Not in 5 years, not who's been the best in the past 5 years. Salaries aren't accounted for either. If you choose Eric Hosmer over Albert Pujols, it better be because you think Hosmer will have a better season, NOT because he will give you more bang for your buck. This ISN'T a lifetime achievement award. Think of it like this: if you are a GM, and you have any 1 first baseman you can take for THIS YEAR ONLY, who would it be? Also, for 1st basemen, try to use guys that will play primarily at first (so no DH-first or multi-position guys (unless their primary position is first)) --- For my selection, you can cut the pool down to about 7 or 8 pretty quickly: Pujols Votto Fielder Gonzalez Teixeira Konerko Hosmer Berkman Once you get past them 8, your homerness is really showing. Here's my ranking of them, in descending order. 8. Hosmer - He's still young and eventually will be up there, but for now even being slightly involved in the discussion is a tribute to the talents this kid has. 7. Berkman - While he regressed a bit in the second half, he still had a huge bounceback season and shouldn't be as worn out playing first as he was in the OF. 6. Konerko - getting up there in age, but always is a consistent producer of 30 HRs, .280-.300 AVG, and around 100 RBIs. While his defense is shoddy, you could do a lot worse than Konerko at first. 5. Teixeira - Great defense, but his obp has declined each year since 2008. Somewhat takes advantage of the short dimensions out in right at Yankee stadium, but still is a 30+ HR guy. 4. Fielder - kinda the opposite of Teixeira - great offense, bad defense. There may be a slight adjustment period to the AL pitching, but this guy still will provide great protection for Cabrera and still should be able to mash. 3. Pujols - A slight upset here, but the main reason is because he's switching leagues, his stadium is even tougher to hit HR's in, and hitting in the Coliseum and Safeco isn't as friendly as hitting in Miller Park, Great American, or Minute Maid. 2. Votto - Tough decision between him and Gonzalez, but with Gonzalez saying he wasn't fully healthy last year makes me appreciate what he did more. 1. Gonzalez - He raked in Petco, then in his first year in Boston raked for most of it despite being not completely healthy. He plays great D, and I wouldn't be surprised if we get even better numbers than his time in San Diego. So who's your current best 1st baseman?