Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams hits solo shot in losing effort
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
10/17/2014
News: Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams hit a home run Thursday against the Giants.

Adams struck in the top of the fourth inning. With the bases empty, Adams clubbed a 78 mph curveball from Madison Bumgarner out to right for the solo shot. It was Adams' only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and one RBI. 

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Travis Ishikawa
Travis Ishikawa walk-off sends Giants to World Series
Travis Ishikawa, 1B, SF
10/16/2014
News: Giants outfielder Travis Ishikawa sent the team to the World Series in the most dramatic way Thursday against the Cardinals.

With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Ishikawa stepped to the plate with two men on base. Ishikawa had been hitless to that point, though he did manage to walk once during the contest. He would deliver in this at-bat, though. Ishikawa blasted a three-run homer out to right off Michal Wacha. The hit won the NLCS for the Giants. They'll take on the Royals in the World Series. 

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Ike Davis
Report: Pirates could deal Ike Davis
Ike Davis, 1B, PIT
10/16/2014
News: The Pirates could deal Ike Davis this offseason, according to the New York Daily News.

Pedro Alvarez made 25 errors last season, and the team will discuss a possible transition to first base moving forward. In that scenario, Davis would be out of a role with his new club, and would be a candidate to be dealt. Davis hit .233/.344/.378 over 360 at-bats with the Mets and Pirates. 

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Adam LaRoche
Adam LaRoche would like to play for Nationals in 2015
Adam LaRoche, 1B, WAS
10/9/2014
News: Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche hopes he will be back with the team in 2015, but is well aware the Nationals might make the decision to transition Ryan Zimmerman to being a full-time first baseman.

"We're in our 14th different home in 14 years this year," LaRoche said about his family, per MASNsports.com. "The reason I say that is because I don't think it's as exciting for my wife as it is for me bouncing around to these different teams. ... It can be kind of a change of scenery and kind of a fresh start for guys, but I also know the grass isn't always greener. So, I know I'm in an unbelievable situation here."

LaRoche said he thanked president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo after the Game 4 loss in the NLDS for bringing him back in 2011. 

"It may not work out," LaRoche said. "I don't think it will have anything to do with the money. I really don't. I think it's going to be more of a position issue. If there's a place for me, if first base is open and they can do it, I think they will. If it comes down and it just doesn't work, I think that's going to be the deciding factor more than the salary would be my guess."

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Brandon Belt
Brandon Belt's 18th-inning HR lifts Giants past Nationals in Game 2
Brandon Belt, 1B, SF
10/5/2014
News: Giants first baseman Brandon Belt provided the swing that gave his club a 2-0 series lead over the Nationals on Saturday.

Belt, who had just 12 home runs in the regular season, uncorked a solo home run off Tanner Roark to lead off the 18th inning. The long ball proved to be the distance, as he finished 1 for 7 with a run scored and an RBI in a 2-1 Game 2 victory, the longest game in postseason history (6:23). He's gone 5 for 14 with five RBI in three postseason games.

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Lyle Overbay
Lyle Overbay expected to retire
Lyle Overbay, 1B, MIL
10/1/2014
News: Brewers first baseman Lyle Overbay said Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" he'll retire this offseason, MLB Network Radio reports.

Overbay wrapped up his 2014 season with a .233/.328/.333 line along with four home runs and 35 RBI in 258 at-bats while playing with the Brewers for the first time since 2005. If this is the end, he'll finish his career with a .266/.347/.429 line along with 151 home runs, 675 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 5,102 at-bats over 14 years with six different teams.

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Freddie Freeman
Lack of lineup protection hurt Braves 1B Freddie Freeman in 2014
Freddie Freeman, 1B, ATL
9/30/2014
News: Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was great during clutch situations in 2013, finishing second in the majors with a .443 average with runners in scoring position. However, he wasn't nearly as productive in that area in 2014, batting .294 with runners in scoring position.

"I think the formula for Freddie is getting consistent chances," Braves hitting coach Greg Walker said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The (No.) 1 and 2 hole was up and down this year. We couldn’t find consistent answers there. We needed Jason (Heyward) in both spots, in the middle and leading off. That was not what he wanted to do. Jason views himself as a middle-of-the-lineup hitter. He’s a team player and he’s going to do whatever the manager asks him to do, but that’s what he views himself as, a middle-of-the-order hitter.

"But if you give Freddie consistent chances and they pitch to him, that’s another big key. You’ve got to have somebody behind him, that’s part of the puzzle. Yeah, Justin (Upton) had a great year hitting behind him this year, but one reason (Upton) had a lot of RBI is that Freeman walked a lot."

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Josh Satin
Josh Satin sidelined by hand fractuce
Josh Satin, 1B, NYM
9/28/2014
News: Mets infielder Josh Satin is unavailable for Sunday's season finale against the Astros after an X-ray and MRI on his hand revealed a fracture, ESPNNewYork.com reports. Satin will remain idle for six weeks while the hand heals.

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Lucas Duda
Lucas Duda swats walkoff shot Saturday
Lucas Duda, 1B, NYM
9/27/2014
News: Mets first baseman Lucas Duda launched a walkoff home run Saturday night, lifting his team to a 2-1 victory over the Astros at Citi Field.

Down one run with two outs in the ninth, Duda took Tony Sipp yard for a two run home run to end the game. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored and two RBI. He is hitting .251/.348/.473 with 29 homers and 88 RBI over 510 at-bats.

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Paul Goldschmidt
Paul Goldschmidt takes batting practice Saturday
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI
9/27/2014
News: For the first time since fracturing his left hand in early August, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt took part in batting practice prior to Saturday's game against St. Louis, per MLB.com. Goldschmidt should be on track to be 100 percent healthy for spring training. He finished his 2014 campaign with a .300/.396/.542 slash line with 19 homers and 69 RBI over 406 at-bats.
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