This is the fourth slideshow in my series running down the top players at each position in each team's history, and this one will focus on third basemen.
In case you missed them, the first three slideshows were on catchers, first basemen, and second basemen. Here are the links to those articles:
My only restriction for these rankings is that only the stats that a player had for the team he is representing will be considered.
For example, take the case of Scott Rolen.
He is definitely one of the better third basemen of all time, both offensively and defensively.
However, his career is pretty evenly split between the Phillies and the Cardinals.
So, while he may have had a better career than the player I chose from the Cardinals, he did not have a better Cardinals career.
I was astounded by one team in particular here, and that was the Oakland Athletics, as they have had some fantastic third basemen through the years.
The most difficult choice, by far, was with the Braves, as Chipper Jones and Eddie Mathews are both among the top 10 of all time in my opinion.
On the catcher's slideshow, I wondered if anyone else would represent two teams, as Carlton Fisk was my choice for both the Red Sox and White Sox. Then Eddie Collins joined him, as I chose him at second for the Athletics and the White Sox.
We now have a third player joining them, and that man is Matt Williams.
As always, this has been an unnecessarily long introduction, and I appreciate you sticking it out with me. I look forward to hearing about my notable exclusions, as there are always a few, as well as any other comments you may have.
I want to thank everyone for making this series so successful to this point, and I hope you continue to follow it. With that, let's get on with the slideshow.