When discussing the greatest third basemen in baseball history, one is behooved to start with former Philadelphia Phillies great Mike Schmidt. His 548 career home runs rank 15th on the all-time list. He won 10 Glove Gloves and three National League MVP awards. He made 12 All-Star appearances.
And, of course, he led the Phillies to a World Series championship in 1980.
Given his resume, Schmidt is a no-brainer choice for the third base spot on the National League squad for the next Pepsi Max Field of Dreams Game. Along with former Baltimore Orioles great and fellow Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Schmidt announced the lineups for the two squads on Tuesday at MLB FanFest in Kansas City as part of the All-Star festivities. Fans can now vote for one of two fans to determine where the game will be played next season.
Schmidt was able to step aside for a few minutes to share a few words over the phone about a variety of different Major League Baseball topics. We talked about Reggie Jackson's latest remarks to Sports Illustrated about Hall of Fame members who may be undeserving, the state of the Philadelphia Phillies and more.
As he is wont to do, Schmidt gave honest, levelheaded answers across the board. Begin the slideshow whenever you're ready for them.