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From last Friday's season preview of the Milwaukee Brewers... Burning QuestionCan Mat Gamel come close to adequately replacing Prince Fielder at first base? It's not really possible to replace a player as good as Prince Fielder. He has a career .930 OPS and 230 homers, and he doesn't turn 28 until May. He has five straight seasons of at least 30 homers, and had a .981 OPS last season. He's racked up 23.4 fWAR over his career, and hasn't played in less than 157 games in a full season, including at least 160 over the last three seasons. But he's no longer a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, and they need to replace him somehow. Their choice is 26 year-old Mat Gamel, who like Ryan Braun, came up through Milwaukee's system as a third baseman, but had such terrible defense that he needed to be shifted off of the position. But the comparison between Gamel and Braun has more than just defense to it: Gamel can really hit. He's spent the majority of the la...
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