Toronto has had many nicknames such as “Muddy York”, “Hogtown” and “The 6”. But none could be more fitting than “The Big Smoke” for Blue Jays 6’4″ first baseman, Justin Smoak.
Justin is having a career year.
He is currently batting .283, and leads the Jays with 13 HRs and 37 RBIs. His OBP is .348, while is OPS is .898.
Among first basemen, Smoak is the batting leader in Slugging, OPS and RBIs. He is second in runs and third in batting average, hits and homeruns. His OBP puts him in the top five as well.
The current all-star game vote leader at first base is perennial all-star Miguel Cabrera.
While Cabrera has a good batting average (.281), a solid OBP (.383) and a decent OPS (.828), which only slightly trail Smoak in these three categories, he only has 5 HRs and 26 RBIs.
So in comparison, Smoak is a credible alternative for your vote and as Blue Jays fans we shouldn’t be hesitant to voting for Justin as the starting American League first basemen.
Let’s vote for “Big Smoaky” at first base!