Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 1/27/12
With Prince Fielder taking off for the Motor City, he becomes yet another premiere first baseman to leave the National League. Fielder now joins the likes of Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez –to name a few– to leave for the AL in recent years. This leaves only Joey Votto, Lance Berkman and Ryan Howard as proven elite first baseman in the NL. Now 2012 will give this crop of young, talented men patrolling first, a golden opportunity to prove that they are elite players in the making. A group headlined by Ike Davis and Freddie Freeman have a great chance to elevate themselves to a top-tier status. Each has proven themselves to be legitimate everyday players over the past few seasons, but up until now have had no chance at All-Star appearances, Silver Sluggers, Golden Gloves or other accolades. Pujols or Fielder usually swept those awards across the board. Now with Howard likely out for a few months, the youth movement will have a wide open opportunity to earn these prestiegeous honors...
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