BRADENTON, Fla. -- In the National League of recent years, the glamor position has been first base. Five of the last seven Most Valuable Players played that position, which is a lot of clout.It has also been a position of power: Six of the last nine NL home run kings were first basemen. The Pirates believe in the power of two. Clint Hurdle is placing the key position in the hands of two migrants from other parts of the field, neither of whom has logged much recent time at the gateway. Garrett Jones was drafted 14 years ago out of high school as a first baseman and predominantly played the position in the Minors, but made fewer than a third of his starts there last season. Casey McGehee is virtually a total stranger to first base, spending most of his pro career in the other corner of the infield.
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