Ranking the 9 greatest third basemen in MLB history

Tim Kelly
July 27, 2020 - 12:28 pm
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Even though perhaps the most memorable stint of his illustrious career came as the third baseman for the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez actually spent 702 more innings at shortstop than third base in his 22 major league seasons.

That's why, much to the chagrin of some, he was made eligible for our countdown of the nine greatest shortstops in MLB history. It's also why we opted not to consider him on this countdown.

Here is RADIO.COM Sports' countdown of the nine greatest third basemen in MLB history:

Scott Rolen is one of the best defenders in baseball history. Photo credit (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Ron Santo is a Chicago icon. Photo credit (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Brooks Robinson (left) is an Orioles icon. Photo credit (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Chipper Jones is one of the most accomplished third basemen the sport has ever seen. Photo credit (Doug Benc/Getty Images)
George Brett is one of the greatest third basemen ever. Photo credit (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Wade Boggs is one of the greatest contact hitters ever. Photo credit (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Adrian Beltre is one of the most accomplished players to ever play for the Rangers. Photo credit (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Eddie Matthews is one of the greatest hitters in MLB history. Photo credit (Ronald Londen/USA Today)
Mike Schmidt is considered by most to be the greatest third basemen of all time. Photo credit (Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

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