Originally Posted by hebroncougar
That was the only reason I could come up, that last year was Gordon's first year with a wooden bat. I'm not buying the 1st vs. 3rd thing.......both are offensive positions.
Third is more of an offensive position than, say, shortstop, but it's not to the extent first base is. There are fewer guys that can play third base than can play first base, and that limits the number of good hitters at the position. Just look at what a typical first baseman hits versus what a typical third baseman hits. Any given level of performance by a first baseman would look better relative to his peers when a third baseman does it.