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The top 10 Third Baseman in MLB History

The top 10 Third Baseman in MLB History

Third base is a position that demands a unique combination of skills - power, agility, and defensive prowess. Over the years, Major League Baseball (MLB) has seen some exceptional players manning the hot corner. In this article, we will take a look at the top 10 third basemen in MLB history, acknowledging their contributions to the game and their impact on the field.

1. Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt, a Hall of Famer, is widely regarded as the greatest third baseman in MLB history. Playing for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972 to 1989, Schmidt was a 12-time All-Star, 10-time Gold Glove winner, and a three-time National League MVP. With 548 career home runs, he was a dominant force at the plate and a reliable defender.

2. George Brett

George Brett, a member of the Kansas City Royals for his entire 21-year career, was an exceptional hitter and defender. He won three batting titles and amassed over 3,000 hits. Brett's intensity and consistency made him a beloved figure in baseball, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

3. Eddie Mathews

Eddie Mathews, primarily known for his time with the Milwaukee Braves and Atlanta Braves, was a fearsome power hitter. Mathews hit 512 home runs over his career and was a nine-time All-Star. His combination of power and defensive ability earned him a spot on this list.

4. Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson is often considered the best defensive third baseman of all time. Spending his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles, Robinson won 16 Gold Glove Awards and was a key contributor to the team's success. He was also a solid hitter, with over 2,800 career hits.

5. Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones, a career-long Atlanta Brave, had a remarkable 19-year career. He was a switch-hitter with great power and batting average, earning him an MVP award in 1999. Jones played a vital role in the Braves' success during the 1990s and early 2000s.

6. Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs was a hitting machine during his time with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Known for his exceptional plate discipline, Boggs won five batting titles and finished his career with an impressive .328 batting average. He was also a seven-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner.

7. Adrian Beltre

Adrian Beltre, a standout third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers, was a masterful defensive player. He won five Gold Glove Awards and was known for his cannon-like arm. Beltre also had a strong offensive game, accumulating over 3,000 hits and 477 home runs in his career.

8. Ron Santo

Ron Santo played for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox during his illustrious career. He was an excellent hitter and a nine-time All-Star. Santo's combination of power, plate discipline, and defensive skills made him one of the best third basemen of his era.

9. Home Run Baker

Frank "Home Run" Baker played in the early 20th century and was one of the first great third basemen in MLB history. Baker earned his nickname for his power-hitting ability. He won two World Series titles with the Philadelphia Athletics and was known for his exceptional defense.

10. Scott Rolen

Scott Rolen was a five-time All-Star and an eight-time Gold Glove winner during his career. Playing for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Toronto Blue Jays, and Cincinnati Reds, Rolen was a solid contributor both offensively and defensively. He was known for his exceptional range and strong arm.

These top 10 third basemen in MLB history have left an indelible mark on the game. Their combination of offensive prowess, defensive skills, and overall impact on the field has solidified their place in the annals of baseball history. Each player brought something unique to the position, enriching the game and captivating fans with their exceptional talent.


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