MLB Power Rankings: The Greatest Third Baseman in Every Team's History

Brian MurtaughAnalyst IJanuary 27, 2011

MLB Power Rankings: The Greatest Third Baseman in Every Team's History

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees throws the ball to first base against the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19, 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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    Third base may arguably be the hardest position to play in all of professional sports. Hitters at the peak of their power strokes ripping line drives only 90 feet away and smoking ground balls can make it tough for even the best of athletes.

    The following list of players counts down the best third basemen for each franchise in the MLB.

    The Players are in no specific order as their accomplishments and trends are closely influenced by the era in which they played in.

    Hitting lead-off, the Seattle Mariners...

Seattle Mariners: Adrian Beltré

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    OAKLAND, CA - MAY 27:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Seattle Mariners plays the field during their game against the Oakland Athletics at the Oakland Coliseum on May 27, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Although Adrian Beltré has had a very good career since he entered the league in 1998 his years spent with the Seattle Mariners are some that have raised some eyebrows around the Major Leagues.

    Beltré played for the Mariners from 2005-2009 and despite having seasons that were considered disappointing, he did some things that will forever be remembered in Mariners history.

    In 2006, Beltré hit the first ever inside-the-park home run at Safeco Field against the Boston Red Sox (which he would later play for in 2010).

    Beltré also became only the fourth Mariner in history to hit for the cycle in 2008.

    While with Seattle, Beltré won Best Defensive Third Baseman of The Year on two different occasions (2006 and 2008), while setting a career high in doubles during the 2006 season with 41.

    Adrian Beltré's Career Stats

    Games Played: 1835

    At Bats: 6874

    Average: .275

    Runs: 912

    Hits: 1889

    HR: 278


    Slugging Percentage: .462

San Diego Padres: Phil Nevin

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    LOS ANGELES - APRIL 6:  First basemen Phil Nevin #23 of the San Diego Padres reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 6, 2004 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  The Dodgers won 5-4. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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    Phil Nevin played for the San Diego Padres from 1999-2005 and was one of the most highly recognizable players to ever wear a Padres uniform

    Nevin was drafted first overall in the 1992 MLB Entry Draft by the Houston Astros and appeared in games for the Astros, Detroit Tigers, and Anaheim Angels before coming to San Diego.

    Nevin's Career with the Padres is most remembered for one single season. Despite having the worst fielding percentage in the league and the most errors committed, Nevin was selected for the All-Star team in 2001.

    Even though that is not exactly the way a player wishes to be remembered, Nevin still posted the best career numbers than any other third baseman to play for the Padres.

    Phil Nevin's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1217

    At Bats: 4188

    Average: .270

    Runs: 584

    Hits: 1131

    HR: 208

    RBI: 743

    Slugging Percentage: .472

Chicago White Sox: Robin Ventura

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    17 Aug 1998:  Robin Ventura #23 of the Chicago White Sox  stands in the dug-out as he looks at the field during the game against the California Angels at Edison Field in Anaheim, California.  The Angels defeated the White Sox 7-2. Mandatory Credit: Donald
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    Robin Ventura made his career debut for the Chicago White Sox on September 12,1989.

    A first round draft pick and Golden Spikes Award winner in 1988, Ventura quickly made his presence felt at the big league level.

    Ventura finished his career with 18 total grand slams including two in one game on September 4, 1995.

    Ventura was also a six-time Gold Glove award winner and was named to the all-star team in 1992 and 2002.

    Robin Ventura's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,079

    At Bats: 7,064

    Average: .267

    Runs: 1,006

    Hits: 1,885

    HR: 294


    Slugging Percentage: .444

Arizona Diamondbacks, Mark Reynolds

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    PHOENIX - SEPTEMBER 24:  Mark Reynolds #27 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on September 24, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    Even though Mark Reynolds is was a raw talent for the Diamondbacks, it is easy to see the type of player that he is progressing into.

    The young Reynolds displayed good power numbers but sometimes struggled to make contact as he posted a dismal .198 batting average in 2010.

    Fortunately for Reynolds, former Diamondbacks third baseman Matt Williams is already on this list with the San Francisco Giants.

    Another factor in Reynolds' favor is that the Diamondbacks do not have a very long history, and not much depth at third base.

    Mark Reynolds' Career Line

    Games Played: 563

    At Bats: 1,982

    Average: .242

    Runs: 326

    Hits: 480

    HR: 121

    RBI: 346

    Slugging Percentage: .483

Detroit Tigers: George Kell

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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 31: Hall of Famer George Kell attends the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction ceremony on July 31, 2005 at the Clark Sports Complex in Cooperstown, New York.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    For any young player that wants to play the "Hot Corner" at the major league level, George Kell is the perfect man to model themselves after.

    Throughout Kell's career he was named a 10-time All-Star, batted over .300 nine times and topped the league's third basemen in assists four times.

    Kell also led the league in fielding percentage on seven different occasions while winning a batting title in 1949.

    Kell's tenure as a Tiger lasted from 1946-1952. He also had stints with the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox, and the Baltimore Orioles.

    George Kell was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Sadly, Kell passed away in 2009 at his home in Arkansas.

    George Kell's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,795

    At Bats: 6,702

    Average: .306

    Runs: 881

    Hits: 2,054

    HR: 78

    RBI: 870

    Slugging Percentage: .414

Colorado Rockies: Vinny Castilla

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    DENVER - MAY 31:  Vinny Castilla #99 of the Colorado Rockies coaches first base against the San Diego Padres during MLB action at Coors Field on May 31, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Padres defeated the Rockies 5-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Vinny Castilla was one of the original Colorado Rockies to play for the expansion franchise in 1993-1999, and once again in 2004.

    Castilla was arguably one of the most productive infielders in Rockies history as he took advantage of the thin Coors Field air.

    Castilla hit over forty homeruns in a season on three different occasions and also compiled five seasons where he knocked in 100 runs or more.

    By the time he retired, Castilla had played for 15 seasons in the major leagues. Seven of those seasons were spent with Colorado.

    Vinny Castilla's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,854

    At Bats: 6,822

    Average: .276

    Runs: 902

    Hits: 1,884

    HR: 320

    RBI: 1,105

    Slugging Percentage: .476

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria

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    ST. PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12:  Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 5 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Since being named Rookie of The Year in 2008, Evan Longoria has been a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the Tampa Bay Lineup.

    Longoria has shown solid power numbers throughout his first three seasons with 82 home runs and 302 RBI.

    Tampa Bay is one of those teams that has not been around long, which makes the pool of potential candidates significantly smaller.

    If Longoria can produce consistently over the next several years, he will not only be a great Ray, but a future Hall-of-Famer.

    Evan Longoria's Career Line:

    Games Played: 430    

    At Bats: 1606

    Average: .283

    Runs: 263

    Hits: 455

    HR: 82

    RBI: 302

    Slugging Percentage: .521

Texas Rangers: Hank Blalock

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    ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 08:  First baseman Hank Blalock #9 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on July 8, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Rangers won 8-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Hank Blalock put up some of the most productive numbers out of any infield in Texas Rangers history when his health permitted him to do so.

    Blalock burst onto the MLB scene during the 2003 and 2004 seasons where he combined for 61 home runs and 190 runs batted in in two seasons.

    Interestingly enough, one of the more influential moments of Blalock's Rangers career was not accomplished by him but by his supporting cast.

    "Hank's Homies" became a fixture in the Ballpark In Arlington during the course of Hank's career as they flew banners and wore jerseys supporting Blalock.

    Hank Blalock's Career Line:

    Games Played: 936

    At Bats: 3,567

    Average: .269

    Runs: 507

    Hits: 959

    HR: 153

    RBI: 542

    Slugging Percentage: .463

Los Angeles Angels of Anahiem: Troy Glaus

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    BOSTON - OCTOBER 8:  Troy Glaus #25 of the Anaheim Angels strikes out in the 9th inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game 3 of the American League Division Series October 8, 2004 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Ima
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    Troy Glaus made a quick impact with the Anaheim Angels after he became the Angels single season home run record holder in just his second full season (47).

    Over the course of his five year tenure with the Angels, Glaus made the All-Star team 2 times. He also had two seasons of 40 or more home runs.

    Glaus was the starting third basemen Angels' 2002 World Series victory.

    Troy Glaus Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,537

    At Bats: 5,410

    Average: .254

    Runs: 889

    Hits: 1,375

    HR: 320

    RBI: 950

    Slugging Percentage: .489

Toronto Blue Jays: Ed Sprague

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    11 Jul 1998: Infielder Ed Sprague #33 of the Toronto Blue Jays in action during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays 5-2.
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    Ed Sprague was only a member of the Toronto Blue Jays for one full season before the team won back-to-back World Series championships.

    During the Jays second world championship run, Sprague solidified himself in baseball history by hitting the game winning home run in the second game against the Atlanta Braves.

    Sprague also went to an all-star game during the 1999 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates

    Ed Sprague's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,203

    At Bats: 4,095

    Average: .247

    Runs: 506

    Hits: 1,010

    HR: 152

    RBI: 558

    Slugging Percentage: .419

Washington Nationals: Ryan Zimmerman

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals makes a play on a bunt by the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 15, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    If one does not go back into the deep history of the Washington Nationals franchise it is easy to see that the team has been lacking stability at seemingly all positions since it's inception into the Major Leagues.

    Ryan Zimmerman has been the exception to that statement as he as been a firm lock at the third base position since he entered the league in 2005.

    Zimmerman has been a player that the organization can build the team around and plan to do so as they have added top draft picks in the last several seasons.

    Ryan Zimmerman's Career Line:

    Games Played: 744

    At Bats: 2,888

    Average: .288

    Runs: 435

    Hits: 833

    HR: 116


    Slugging Percentage: .484

Milwaukee Brewers: Paul Molitor

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    MILKAUKEE - SEPTEMBER 29:  Paul Molitor #4 of the Milwaukee Brewers waits for the Boston Red Sox pitch during the game at Milwaukee County Stadium on September 29, 1991 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Paul "The Ignitor" Molitor had an illustrious 21-year career as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Minnesota Twins.

    Although he played a variety of positions, Molitor was by far the most successful player to ever play third base for the Brewers.

    Over the course of his career, Molitor was named to seven different All-Star teams and won four Silver Slugger awards.

    Molitor also won a World Series championship in 1993 while winning the MVP Award for the series.

    In 1999, the Brewers retired Molitor's number 4 and he was also elected into the baseball Hall of Fame as a Milwaukee Brewer in 2004.

    Paul Molitor's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,683

    At Bats: 10,835

    Average: .306

    Runs: 1,782

    Hits: 3,319

    HR: 234

    RBI: 1,307

    Slugging Percentage: .448

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ron Cey

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    CHICAGO -1985:  Ron Cey #10 of the Chicago Cubs swings at the pitch during a game in the 1985 season at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois .  (Photo by: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Ron "The Penguin" Cey was a six time all-star selection during the 1970's as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Highly regarded as one of the best third basemen of the 1970's and early 80's, Cey obtained a reputation of being a very capable power hitter and walked just about as much as he struck out.

    Cey eventually won his first World Series in 1981 with the Dodgers. He was named the MVP in addition to receiving the Babe Ruth Award.

    Ron Cey's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,073

    At Bats: 7,162

    Average: .261

    Runs: .977

    Hits: 1,868

    HR: 316


    Slugging Percentage: .445

St. Louis Cardinals: Ken Boyer

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    ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 25:  The Billboard announcing the delay of Game Four of the 2006 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals is seen at Busch Stadium on October 25, 2006 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Ima
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    Ken Boyer was a member of the St.Louis Cardinals from 1955-1965. Boyer was a player that seemed to be ahead of his time as he was above average in every aspect of the professional game.

    An 11 time All-Star selection, Boyer was just the second third baseman in history to achieve the 250 home run mark.

    In 11 seasons with the Cardinals, he topped 20 HR and 100 RBI on eight separate occasions.

    Boyer won the Gold Glove five times and was awarded the NL MVP in 1964, the same year the Cardinals won the World Series.

    Boyer's jersey number was retired by the Cardinals in 1984.

    Ken Boyer's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,034

    At Bats: 7,455

    Average: .287

    Runs: 1,104

    Hits: 2,143

    HR: 282

    RBI: 1,141

    Slugging Percentage: .462

Houston Astros: Ken Caminiti

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    8 Mar 1999: Infielder Ken Caminiti #11 of the Houston Astros throws the ball during the Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Astros defeated the Cardinals 2-1. Mandatory Credit: David Leed
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    Ken Caminiti brought a big bat to the Houston Astros that the team had been missing dearly up until the point of his arrival.

    Caminiti put up solid numbers but also struggled with addiction throughout most of his career with various forms of life's demons.

    It is hard to say how good Caminiti could have been if he was able to get his off-the-field issues under control. Even while struggling with life issues, Caminiti was selected an all-star on three occasions and also won three Gold Gloves in the 1990's.

    He was also named the NL MVP in 1996.

    Ken Caminiti's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,760

    At Bats: 6,288

    Average: .272

    Runs: 894

    Hits: 1,710

    HR: 239

    RBI: 983

    Slugging Percentage: .447

Cincinnati Reds: Pete Rose

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 11:  Pete Rose takes in the ceremony celebrating the 25th anniversary of his breaking the career hit record of 4,192 . He was honored before the start of the game between the Pittsburg Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds at Great Americ
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    It is near impossible to put into words how much Pete Rose influenced not only the Cincinnati Reds organization, but the entire game of baseball.

    The switch-hitting "Charlie Hustle" obtained an array of awards throughout his career that could boggle the minds of most other Major League Hall of Famers.

    Seventeen All-Star selections, three World Series championships, and two Gold Gloves are only some of his great accomplishments.

    Rose would be considered one of the best in the game had it not been for an off-the-field issue with sports gambling that has kept him out of the Hall of Fame until this very day.

    In 1989, Rose was declared permanently ineligible in relation to all baseball affairs by the MLB.

    Pete Rose's Career Line:

    Games Played: 3,562

    At Bats: 14,053

    Average: .303

    Runs: 2,165

    Hits: 4,256

    HR: 160

    RBI: 1,314

    Slugging Percentage: .409

New York Mets: David Wright

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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 01:  David Wright #5 of the New York Mets knocks down a line drive by Brooks Conrad #26 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 1, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Ever since David Wright made his major league debut in 2004 the New York Mets knew that they had acquired a tremendous baseball player.

    After continuously starting ever since his debut, Wright has been named an All-Star in five seasons he has played in the Major Leagues and also won the TYIB Rookie of The Year in 2004.

    The thing that makes David Wright such a quality player is not always his work on the diamond but in his charitable work in the community of New York.

    Wright Donates thousands of dollars every season to New York City charities and also has his own foundation to help children with Multiple Sclerosis.

    David Wright's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,004

    At Bats: 3,772

    Average: .305

    Runs: 639

    Hits: 1,149

    HR: 169

    RBI: 664

    Slugging Percentage: .516

Florida Marlins: Mike Lowell

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    CHICAGO - JUNE 15:  Mike Lowell #19 of the Florida Marlins at bat against the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 2005 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Marlins defeated the Cubs 15-5. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Mike Lowell overcame incredible odds in order to be the best third baseman in the history of the Florida Marlins.

    After being traded to the Marlins in the summer of 1998 from the New York Yankees, a routine doctor's visit diagnosed Lowell with testicular cancer.

    Lowell returned to baseball nearly four months later and ended the season with a .253 batting average and 12 home runs.

    Lowell got better and better as the years passed on in Florida and was named to 3 All-Star games during his time with the Marlins.

    Lowell was also the starting third baseman for the Marlins World Series victory in 2003.

    Mike Lowell's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,601

    At Bats: 5,813

    Average: .279

    Runs: 771

    Hits: 1,619

    HR: 223

    RBI: 952

    Slugging Percentage: .464

Cleveland Indians: Al Rosen

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    ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Jason Donald #16 of the Cleveland Indian scores a run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 8, 2010 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.   The Angels won 4-3 in 16 innings.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Im
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    Al "Hebrew Hammer" Rosen played his entire 10-year career with the Cleveland Indians which began in 1947.

    Known around the league to be one of the most pure hitters in the game, Rosen won an MVP award in 1953 and was also sent to the All-Star Game four times.

    Rosen entered baseball after serving in the United States Navy during the early part of the 1940's.

    Injuries unfortunately shortened his career as he was forced to retire from the game at 32 years old.

    Al Rosen's Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,044

    At Bats: 3,725

    Average: .285

    Runs: 603

    Hits: 1,063

    HR: 192


    Slugging Percentage: .495

San Francisco Giants: Matt Williams

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    20 May 1995:  Infielder Matt Williams of the San Francisco Giants runs to catch a pop up during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won the game 10-7. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allspor
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    "Matt The Bat" was originally drafted by the New York Mets after high school but instead headed off to college to play intercollegiate baseball. In 1986, the San Francisco Giants selected him and he made his Giants debut on April 11, 1987.

    Williams' Power hitting ability showed well during his career in the Major Leagues as he was a recipient of the Silver Slugger Award on four occasions and also hit 30 or more home runs in six separate seasons.

    Williams was selected to five All-Star games and won four Gold Gloves.

    He was also an original member of the Arizona Diamondbacks expansion franchise.

    Matt Williams' Career Line:

    Games Played: 1,866

    At Bats: 7,000

    Average: .268

    Runs: 997

    Hits: 1,878

    HR: 378


    Slugging Percentage: .489

Minnesota Twins: Gary Gaetti

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    1990:  Gary Gaetti #8 of the Minnesota Twins stretches in practice before a game in the 1990 season.  (Photo by: Ken Levine/Getty Images)
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    Gary Gaetti is best described as a Minnesota Twins legend.

    Gaetti showed superb power throughout his entire 10-year career within the Minnesota organization as he also made baseball history, hitting two consecutive home runs during his first two post-season at bats.

    He was also a part of the first professional infield to ever complete two triple plays in the same game.

    Gaetti went on to win one World Series with the Twins in 1987 before playing for five other teams in his Major League career.

    Gary Gaetti's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,507

    At Bats: 8,951

    Average: .255

    Runs: 1,130

    Hits: 2,280

    HR: 360


    Slugging Percentage: .434

Chicago Cubs: Ron Santo

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    CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 28:  Fans of the Chicago Cubs watch the game in front of a sign honoring longtime Cubs third baseman and current WGN Radio color commentator Ron Santo (Santo's number 10 was retired in a pregame ceremony) during a game against the Pitt
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    Ron Santo is one of the most iconic legends in the long history of Chicago sports as he played his entire career as a member of the Chicago Cubs and White Sox.

    In 1964-1967, Santo was one of the best power hitters in the entire game and was also a defensive juggernaut as he received five Gold Gloves in five consecutive years (1964-1968).

    Santo left the game of baseball after only one season with the White Sox in 1974 but would later return as a color announcer for the Cubs and even the Chicago Bears of the NFL.

    The Cubs have since retired Santo's number 10 from their teams' available jerseys.

    Ron Santo's Career Line

    Games Played: 2,243

    At Bats: 8,143

    Average: .277

    Runs: 1,138

    Hits: 2,254

    HR: 342

    RBI: 1,331

    Slugging: .464

Kansas City Royals: George Brett

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    The thing that sets George Brett apart from other great third basemen of history is the fact that his career lasted for more than 20 years and all of them were with the Kansas City Royals.

    Brett is the only player in baseball history to win MVP awards in three different decades even though he is remembered for more colorful baseball related issues.

    Brett was the victim of the infamous "Pine Tar Incident" against the New York Yankees in the summer of 1983. Brett launched a two-run home run to put the Royals ahead of the Yanks 5-4 in the ninth inning only to have the umpires call him out due to an excessive amount of pine tar along the handle of his bat.

    Brett would win one world championship in 1985 and also the AL MVP in 1980

    George Brett's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,707

    At Bats: 10,349

    Average: .305

    Runs: 1,583

    Hits: 3,154

    HR: 317


    Slugging Percentage: .487

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bobby Bonilla

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    16 Jun 1991:  Third baseman Bobby Bonilla of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches his shot during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Mandatory Credit: Otto Greule  /Allsport
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    Bobby Bonilla rose through the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system and made his major league debut in 1986.

    Although Bonilla had a terrible career defensively at the third base position, committing 67 errors in two seasons, he found a good home in the outfield alongside Barry Bonds and his numbers at the plate flourished.

    Bonilla made the All-Star team six times and also won three Silver Sluggers.

    Bobby Bonilla's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,113

    At Bats: 7,213

    Average: .279

    Runs: 1,084

    Hits: 2,010

    HR: 287

    RBI: 1,173

    Slugging Percentage: .472

Oakland Athletics: Sal Bando

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Hideki Matsui looks on during a press conference where he was introduced as the newest member of the Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 14, 2010 in Oakland, California.  The Oakland Athletics signe
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    Sal Bando served as the former captain of the Oakland Athletics during the early half of the 1970's and led the "A's"to a three World Series titles in 1973-1975.

    During his career, Bando was only the second third baseman in history to hit 200 home runs.

    Bando was actually a member of the Athletics even before they moved to Oakland as they were originally from Kansas City.

    Sal Bando's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,019

    At Bats: 7,060

    Average: .254

    Runs: 982

    Hits: 1,790

    HR: 242

    RBI: 1,039

    Slugging Percentage: .408

Atlanta Braves: Chipper Jones

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    WASHINGTON - JULY 27:  Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves throws the ball to first base against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on July 27, 2010 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    Chipper Jones not only had one of the greatest names in all of baseball, he was also one of the best third basemen to ever play the game.

    Jones was the first overall pick by Atlanta in 1990 and did not disappoint as he went on to play for 17 seasons with the Braves and won an MVP award in 1999.

    Jones also  was a six time all-star and the recipient of the Silver Slugger award in 2000.

    Jones also holds the Braves franchise record for career on base percentage and is also holds the Major League record for most consecutive games with an extra-base hit with 14.

    Jones' Career Line:

    Games Played: 2261

    At Bats: 8142

    Average: .306

    Runs: 1505

    Hits: 2490

    HR: 436


    Slugging: .536

Baltimore Orioles: Brooks Robinson

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    BALTIMORE - APRIL 09:  Brooks Robinson waves to the crowd after throwing out the first pitch before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays on Opening Day at Camden Yards on April 9, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fi
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    Brooks Robinson was a member of the Baltimore Orioles for 21 years over the time span of 1955-1977.

    Robinson was one of the game's best defensive players in history as he won the Gold Glove 16 straight times from 1960-1975.

    Defense was just the beginning of Robinson's on-the-field ability as he would hit 20 home runs in a season six times and led the league in RBI in two seasons.

    Robinson won two World Series championships with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970.

    Robinson's number 5 was retired by the Orioles and he was also inducted into the Baseball Hall-of-Fame in 1983.

    Brooks Robinson's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,896

    At Bats: 10,654

    Average: .267

    Runs: 1,232

    Hits: 2,848

    HR: 268


    Slugging Percentage: .401

New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees runs home on a wild pitch from Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2010 in Arling
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    Alex Rodriguez has been one of the most popular baseball stars of the last ten years and for good reason.

    Rodriguez has compiled an amazing 613 home runs over the course of his career with the Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

    Rodriguez was chasing his ever elusive first World Series victory until 2009 when the Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies.

    Rodriguez also signed a record 10-year, $275 million contract in December of 2007.

    Alex Rodriguez's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,303

    At Bats: 8,826

    Average: .303

    Runs: 1,757

    Hits: 2,672

    HR: 613

    RBI: 1,831

    Slugging Percentage: .571

Boston Red Sox: Wade Boggs

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    ANAHEIM, CA - 1991:  Wade Boggs #26 of the Boston Red Sox readies to field the ball during a game against the California Angels in 1991 at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by: Ken Levine/Gettyimages)
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    Wade Boggs managed to play in the AL East throughout his entire career as a member of the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

    Although he was summoned to the expansion Rays at the end of his career, there may not have ever been a more consistent hitting Red Sox player other than the great Ted Williams.

    Boggs hit over .300 in 10 of his 11 seasons with the Sox while slapping nearly 500 doubles.

    Although his power numbers never quite blossomed like many of his managers had hoped, Boggs always provided a great contact swing at the plate.

    Boggs finally won a World Series in 1996 as a member of the New York Yankees.

    Wade Boggs' Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,439

    At Bats: 9,180

    Average: .328

    Runs: 1,513

    Hits: 3,010

    HR: 118

    RBI: 1,014

    Slugging: .443

Philadelphia Phillies: Mike Schmidt

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    LOS ANGELES - 1986:  Mike Schmidt #20 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps toward first after a swing during a 1986 season game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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    Mike Schmidt is listed last on this slide show because he may be the single best third baseman to ever play professional baseball.

    Schmidt one of the best power hitters of his time as he was consistently at the top of nearly every offensive category and was also a perennial Gold Glove candidate.

    Schmidt won the MVP award three separate times in 1980,1981 and 1986.

    He also played his entire career as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972-1989.

    Mike Schmidt's Career Line:

    Games Played: 2,404

    At Bats: 8,352

    Average: .267

    Runs: 1,506

    Hits: 2,234

    HR: 548


    Slugging Percentage: .527


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