A reader disagreed with me in the comment section of my blog ranking the “5 Best 1B in Baseball.”. And I am starting to see why. I am pretty objective I feel, but I generally do rely on larger sample sizes, and I definitely believe in the numbers. But it was probably inaccurate of me to rank Youkilis ahead of Morneau, and of course forgetting Lance Berkman was an oversight on my part. Now I firmly believe after watching Youkilis all season, and after researching his numbers that he is a better hitter, and will be a better hitter the next few seasons then he was before this past season. His OPS+ from 2007 was 117, and while that is solid enough, it is unspectacular for a 1B. The 143 OPS+ that he posted in 2008 probably is somewhat of an aberration and may be a career year. But again, I do believe he is better now than that of his 2007 self. And I definitely know that he is better than Conor Jackson and Lyle Overbay. But since I use roughly three year samples or more for most of my rankings/analysis, I feel that I should come clean and rank what turned out to be an inconsistency. I tried to defend myself and cannot realistically agree with my original rankings. But aside from that, Youkilis does display the versatility that I was referring to, and I am pretty sure he is better than what he did prior to 2008. And I still believe that throughout his contract, Youkilis is a Bargain, as I stated in the blog after that. And yes I would prefer having Youk for less than half the price of Teixiera, taking nothing away from Tex though as he is a great player.