There are 12 third basemen
who starred in the major leagues in the Baseball Hall of Fame--Frank Baker, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Jimmy Collins, George Kell, Fred Lindstrom, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Brooks Robinson, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt and Pie Traynor.
Colletti not only shored up third base defensively, but more importantly, blocked the division leading Padres from filling their greatest need, a third basemen
The first and third basemen
set up a little differently from the middle fielders.
Glaus entered the weekend leading AL third basemen
in home runs (12) and was tied for the top spot in RBIs (30).
There are still some big-eater third basemen
, but not near as many of them," Bane said.
McPherson's bat has perked up at Salt Lake, and the Angels have had virtually no offense from their third basemen
With that being the case, there has been a tendency among some fans through the years to neglect third basemen
as crucial components to winning games.
His maturity level has been questioned - no surprise considering he made his major-league debut at age 19 - and it has been noted that Beltre's surges in the past two seasons have coincided with the Dodgers' trades for third basemen
(Tyler Houston and Robin Ventura) who might have cut into Beltre's playing time.
This August Quick Quiz is a trivia challenge centered around major league third basemen
952 fielding percentage ranks him just eighth among the 10 eligible National League third basemen
, but he seems to have a knack for making crucial defensive plays.
Glaus left the game one inning after committing his 16th error, most among American League third basemen
, and one batter after he nearly committed his 17th on Toby Hall's single to his left, which was ruled a base hit by the official scorer.
Though Florida's Mike Lowell tops a short list of potentially available third basemen
, second base has more depth with Boston's Todd Walker, Florida's Luis Castillo, the New York Mets' Roberto Alomar and possibly Montreal's Jose Vidro either available or soon to be available.