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Top 10 Third Basemen of All-Time!

10). Scott Rolen

One of the greatest fielding third basemen in MLB history, as he’s won eight Gold Glove awards to put on his trophy case next to his Rookie of the Year award, and one Silver Slugger.

He won one World Series with St. Louis back in 2006 and will most likely get inducted into the Hall of Fame when he’s up for election.

9). Graig Nettles

In Nettles’s 22 season career, he hit 390 home runs, with 328 doubles, 1,314 RBI and 1,193 runs scored, which earned him six All-Star Game selections. However, it was his glove that really put him in this spot, as he was awarded two Gold Gloves. His performance in the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers is right up there with Brooks Robinson in the 1970 World Series.

8). Pie Traynor

He was a world-class batting average hitter, finishing with a .320 career average along with a solid .362 on-base percentage, but he was a to say the least not a very good fielder, which drops him on the list.

7). Wade Boggs

Like Traynor, Boggs was mainly a hitter. Boggs recorded 3,010 hits and scored 1,513 runs with an incredible career .328 batting average. He was a solid hitter who could be constantly relied on to get on base, posting a career .415 on-base percentage. He won two Gold Glove awards, eight Silver Sluggers, 12 All-Star nods and one World Series ring. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

6). Ron Santo

In his 15 seasons as a player, Santo laced 2,254 hits, 342 of those home runs and 365 of those doubles, 1,331 RBI and 1,138 runs scored, finishing with a solid career slash line of .277/.363/.464.

He was a great fielder too, being awarded five Gold Gloves to go along with his nine All-Star Game nods. He finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times and unfortunately never made the playoffs.

5). Chipper Jones

Jones ended his career in 2012 with a .304 career batting average, with 468 home runs, 1,512 walks, and 1,623 RBI in 2,499 games with 8,984 at bats. He has the most career RBI for a third baseman. Also one of the most accomplished switch hitters in the history of the game, he finished behind only Eddie Murray for career RBI by switch hitters. He is the only switch hitter in MLB history with both a career batting average of at least .300 and 400 or more home runs. He was the eighteenth hitter in MLB history to accumulate 5,000 at bats and finish with at least a .300 batting average, .400 on-base percentage, and .500 slugging percentage, and the only switch hitter to reach all these milestones.

4). Brooks Robinson

Over his 23 seasons, all with the Orioles, he won a startling 16 Gold Gloves. Not only was he the best fielder, but he showed some solid hitting, having a career .267 batting average, 2,848 hits and 1,357 RBI.

His best offensive year came in 1964, when he hit .317 with 28 home runs and 118 RBI on his way to his only MVP award.

3). Eddie Mathews

Over the course of his illustrious 17-year career, Mathews slugged out a .267 batting average with 512 home runs and a career .509 slugging percentage while knocking in 1,453 runs.

He was sent to nine All-Star Games and was runner-up to two MVP awards. He hit over 35 home runs six times and notched over 100 RBI five times.

2). George Brett

.305 batting average, including one season where he hit .390. He finished with a whopping 3,154 hits, 1,583 runs and 1,596 RBI. He also brought some solid power to the table, hitting 665 doubles, 137 triples and 317 home runs to give him a career .487 slugging percentage.

He went to 13 All-Star Games and won the MVP award in 1980.

1). Mike Schmidt

Over his 18 seasons, Schmidt recorded a .267 batting average, knocked in 1,595 runs, scored 1,506 runs and hit 548 home runs.

He led the league in home runs eight times, RBI four times and OPS five times. He earned three MVP awards, six Silver Sluggers and 12 All-Star Game appearances to go with a World Series ring with the Phillies in 1980.

Schmidt was an expert fielder, winning 10 Gold Gloves over the course of his career. Easily the best third baseman I ever saw.