There have been quite a few great third basemen in baseball history, but none can compare to the all-time standard at the hot corner—that would be the legendary Mike Schmidt, who is the greatest third baseman of all time.
Schmidt spent his entire 18-year career with the Phillies. He had a lifetime .267 average, 548 home runs, 1,595 RBI, 1,506 runs scored, 2,234 hits, 408 doubles, 174 stolen bases and a .908 OPS.
The 12-time All-Star won three NL MVP Awards in 1980, 1981 and 1986. He led the National League eight times in home runs, four times in RBI, and five times in OPS. His best season was in 1980 when he led the Phillies to winning the World Series for the first time in franchise history. That year, Schmidt hit a career high 48 home runs and drove in 121 RBI. For his offensive success, Schmidt won six Silver Slugger Awards as well.
Schmidt was mostly known for his power and run production, but he excelled defensively as well. He won nine consecutive Gold Glove Awards from 1976-1984 and a tenth in 1986. His defense is really what puts him even more over the top as the best third baseman ever.
Schmidt has remained very loyal to the Phillies since retiring and got inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Four years later, he was elected onto the MLB All-Century Team.
Thanks to his career home run and RBI totals, plus his ten Gold Glove Awards, Schmidt is without question the greatest player in baseball history to ever play third base. Time will tell whether another third baseman in the future will ever have a better career than him.