Among these third basemen
, their average lifetime statistics are a .296 batting average, 1,263 runs, 2,432 hits, 430 doubles, 91triples, 228 home runs and 1,212 RBI.
Louis Cardinals have shown interest in both third basemen
, but the team reportedly pursued Donaldson harder than Machado after MLB's Winter Meetings.
third basemen in assists eight times and putouts three times.
* IS one of only tour American League third basemen to win MVP honors--Al Rosen (1953), Robinson (1964), Harmon Killebrew (1969) and George Brett (1980).
* Holds major league career marks for games (2,870), putts (2,697), assists (6,205), total chances (8,902) for third basemen.
The upper echelon among third basemen currently includes Scott Rolen of the St.
Eric Hinske of the Toronto Blue Jays, who was the Rookie of the Year last season in the A.L.; Joe Crede of the Chicago White Sox' Hank Blalock of the Texas Rangers, and Sean Burroughs of the San Diego Padres--although the robust power numbers look like a stretch for him--are promising young third basemen who could rise to big-eater heights.
There also is a group of slightly more experienced third basemen who could join the elite at that position.
Third basemen certainly fill a critical role on the field, Despite their frequent lack of proportionate recognition, however, it can't be denied they occupy a spot that appropriately has been called "the hot corner."
While all these moves reinforce what Doctor Loony was saying, it remains that third basemen in the Hall of Fame are fewer in numbers than any other position players.
This August Quick Quiz is a trivia challenge centered around major league third basemen
Since 1900, only two third basemen (with a minimum of 100 games played at third) have put together a consecutive-game hitting streak of 30 or more games in a single season.