As Houston Astros fans look towards the past on Wednesday, the day they are going to the Hall of Fame fate of former first baseman Jeff Bagwell, the management of the team is a lot of involved concerning wanting towards the long run. The massive question they need to answer is who might be playing first base in 2014 for the Astros.
Last season, with Chris Carter, Brett Wallace and Carlos Pena contributing the majority of at-bats, Houston first basemen hit a collective .224 on the season. Carter set a franchise record for strikeouts, with 212 whiffs, and as Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle writes, the hope is that moving him to the DH spot will help his focus for 2014. “There’s no reason to believe (Carter) can’t get 35 homers and 100 RBIs if he cuts down on his strikeouts and his teammates get on base more often in front of him.”
As for who gets the chance to carry on the Bagwell legacy for the team going forward, it’s expected to be a wide open competition. Ortiz says that general manager Jeff Luhnow expects Marc Krauss, Jesus Guzman, Japhet Amador, Jonathan Singleton and Brett Wallace to all battle it out for first base supremacy this spring.