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Encyclopedia > Third Baseman
The position of the third baseman
The position of the third baseman

A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch counterclockwise to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5.' Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Third base can mean: Third baseman in baseball Sexual slang for intimate contact that stops short of sexual intercourse. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ...


The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as they are often the closest infielder (roughly 90–120 feet) to the batter. The third base position requires a strong arm, as the the third baseman often makes long throws to first base. The third baseman sometimes must throw quickly to second base in time to start a double play. The third baseman must also field fly balls in fair and foul territory. An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) for a team or a fielder is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... In baseball, a batted ball can be called one of several various things, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Memorial Stadium, St. ...


Third base is known as the "Hot Corner", since the third baseman is relatively close to the batter and most right-handed hitters will tend to hit the ball hard in this direction. In this situation, the third baseman needs fine hand-eye coordination and quick reactions in order to catch hard line drives. And third basemen often must begin in a position even closer to the batter if a bunt is expected, creating a hazard if the ball is instead hit sharply. As with middle infielders, right-handed players are standard at the position because they do not need to turn their body before throwing across the infield to first base. Some third basemen have been converted from middle infielders or outfielders since the position does not require them to run as fast. A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... In baseball, a batted ball can be called one of several various things, depending on how it comes off the bat and where in the field it lands. ... A Little League baseball player squares around to bunt. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... Austin Kearns, an outfielder, catches a fly ball. ...


Expectations of how well a third baseman should be able to hit have varied a great deal over time; in the early years of the sport, these expectations were similar to those for shortstops, the third baseman being merely the less skilled defensive player. Players who could hit with more ability often were not suited for third base, either because they were left-handed or because they were not mobile enough for the position. However, the beginning of the live-ball era in the 1920s created a greater demand for more offense, and third basemen have since been expected to hit either for a high average (.290 or better) or with moderate to substantial power. Since the 1950s the position has become more of a power position with sluggers such as Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt and Ron Santo becoming stars. The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... People who are left-handed are more dextrous with their left hand than with their right hand: they will probably also use their left hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... The Live Ball Era, also referred to as the Lively Ball Era, is the period in Major League Baseball beginning in 1920. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... Edwin Lee Eddie Mathews (October 13, 1931 – February 18, 2001) was a Hall of Fame third baseman in Major League Baseball and is widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, third baseman to play the game. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ...


It is interesting to note that there are fewer third basemen in the Baseball Hall of Fame than there are Hall of Famers of any other position. Furthermore, with the notable exception of John McGraw, few third basemen have gone on to have successful managing careers, with Jimmy Dykes and Negro Leaguer Dave Malarcher being perhaps the next most prominent managers who began their careers at third base. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... John Joseph McGraw (April 7, 1873–February 25, 1934), nicknamed Little Napoleon and Muggsy, was a Major League Baseball player and manager. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... James Joseph Dykes (November 10, 1896 - June 15, 1976) was a Major League Baseball infielder, manager and coach. ... Bud Fowler, the first professional black baseball player with one of his teams, Western of Keokuk, Iowa The Negro Leagues were American professional baseball leagues comprising predominantly African-American teams. ...

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Significant third basemen

Baseball Hall of Fame members

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Two other men named Frank Baker played Major League Baseball: Frank Watts Baker (b. ... Wade Anthony Boggs (born June 15, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball, primarily with the Boston Red Sox, whose hitting in the 1980s and 1990s dominated the American League in much the same way as his National League contemporary Tony Gwynn. ... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals. ... James Joseph Collins (January 16, 1870 - March 6, 1943) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century who was widely regarded as being the American Leagues best third baseman prior to Brooks Robinson. ... Raymond Emmitt Dandridge (August 31, 1913 - February 12, 1994) was an American player in baseballs Negro leagues. ... William Julius Judy Johnson was born on October 26, 1899 in Snow Hill, Maryland, USA. Although his father wanted him to be a boxer, Johnson, who was 5 ft 11 in (1. ... George Clyde Kell (born August 23, 1922 in Swifton, Arkansas) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1943-1946), Detroit Tigers (1947-52), Boston Red Sox (1952-54), Chicago White Sox (1954-56) and Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) in... Frederick Charles Lindstrom (November 21, 1905 - October 4, 1981), born Frederick Charles Lindstrom, was a Major League Baseball player during the 1920s and 1930s. ... Edwin Lee Eddie Mathews (October 13, 1931 – February 18, 2001) was a Hall of Fame third baseman in Major League Baseball and is widely regarded as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, third baseman to play the game. ... John Joseph McGraw (April 7, 1873–February 25, 1934), nicknamed Little Napoleon and Muggsy, was a Major League Baseball player and manager. ... Reverse side of a Paul Molitor baseball card Paul Leo Molitor (born August 22, 1956 in St. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... Calvin Edwin Ripken, Jr. ... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Harold Joseph Pie Traynor (November 11, 1899 - March 16, 1972) was a Major League Baseball third baseman who played his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1920-37). ... Ernest Judson Wilson (February 28, 1894 - June 24, 1963), nicknamed Boojum, was an American third baseman, first baseman and manager in Negro league baseball. ...

Multiple Gold Glove Award winners

In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Scott Bruce Rolen (born April 4, 1975 in Evansville, Indiana) is an American baseball player, who currently plays at third base for the St. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... David Gus Buddy Bell (born August 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former third baseman and a manager in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals. ... Kenton Lloyd Boyer (May 20, 1931 - September 7, 1982) was an American All-Star third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball. ... Douglas Lee Rader born July 30, 1944 in Chicago was a Major League Baseball infielder. ... Ronald Edward Santo (born February 25, 1940 in Seattle, Washington) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Chicago Cubs. ... Gary Joseph Gaetti (born August 19, 1958 in Centralia, Illinois), nicknamed G-Man (Rat during his earlier days), is an American former third baseman in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins (1981-90), California Angels (1991-93), Kansas City Royals (1993-95), St. ... Matthew Derrick Matt Williams (born November 28, 1965 in Bishop, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and right-handed batter who played for the San Francisco Giants (1987-96), Cleveland Indians (1997) and Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2003). ...

All Time Single Season Assists Leaders Among Third Basemen

  1. Graig Nettles: 412 (Cleveland Indians, 1971)
  2. Graig Nettles: 410 (New York Yankees, 1973)
  3. Brooks Robinson: 410 (Baltimore Orioles, 1974)
  4. Brooks Robinson: 405 (Baltimore Orioles, 1967)
  5. Harlond Clift: 405 (St. Louis Browns, 1937)
  6. Mike Schmidt: 404 (Philadelphia Phillies, 1974)
  7. Doug DeCinces: 399 (California Angels, 1982)
  8. Brandon Inge: 398 (Detroit Tigers, 2006)
  9. Clete Boyer: 396 (New York Yankees, 1962)
  10. Mike Schmidt: 396 (Philadelphia Phillies, 1977)
  11. Buddy Bell: 396 (Texas Rangers, 1982)

Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos... Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... Brooks Calbert Robinson, Jr. ... Harlond Benton Clift (nicknamed Darkie) (August 12, 1912 El Reno, Oklahoma - April 27, 1992 Yakima, Washington) was a baseball player who had a 12 season career from 1934-1945. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Douglas Vernon DeCinces (born August 29, 1950 in Burbank, California) is a retired Major League Baseball infielder. ... Charles Brandon Inge [INJ] (born May 19, 1977, in Lynchburg, Virginia) is a third baseman (converted from catcher) playing for the Detroit Tigers. ... Cletis Leroy “Clete” Boyer (born February 9, 1937 in Cassville, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... David Gus Buddy Bell (born August 27, 1951 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a former third baseman and a manager in Major League Baseball for the Kansas City Royals. ...

All Time Single Season Putouts Leaders Among Third Basemen

  1. Denny Lyons: 255 (Philadelphia Athletics, 1887)
  2. Jimmy Williams: 251 (Pittsburgh Pirates, 1899)
  3. Jimmy Collins: 251 (Boston Beaneaters [National League], 1900)
  4. Jimmy Collins: 243 (Boston Beaneaters [National League], 1898)
  5. Willie Kamm: 243 (Chicago White Sox, 1928)
  6. Willie Kamm: 236 (Chicago White Sox, 1927)
  7. Frank Baker: 233 (Philadelphia Athletics, 1913)
  8. Bill Coughlin: 232 (Washington Senators, 1901)
  9. Ernie Courtney: 229 (Philadelphia Phillies, 1905)
  10. Jimmy Austin: 228 (St. Louis Browns, 1911)

Dennis Patrick Aloysius Lyons (March 12, 1866 - January 2, 1929) born in Cincinnati, Ohio was a Third Baseman for the Providence Grays (1885), Philadelphia Athletics (1886-90), St. ... Jimmy Williams (born 1984) is a current American Football cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons. ... James Joseph Collins (January 16, 1870 - March 6, 1943) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century who was widely regarded as being the American Leagues best third baseman prior to Brooks Robinson. ... James Joseph Collins (January 16, 1870 - March 6, 1943) was a Major League Baseball player at the turn of the 20th century who was widely regarded as being the American Leagues best third baseman prior to Brooks Robinson. ... William Edward Kamm (February 2, 1900 - December 21, 1988) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1923 until he was traded mid-season in 1931 to the Cleveland Indians, where he finished his career. ... William Edward Kamm (February 2, 1900 - December 21, 1988) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1923 until he was traded mid-season in 1931 to the Cleveland Indians, where he finished his career. ... Two other men named Frank Baker played Major League Baseball: Frank Watts Baker (b. ... William Paul Coughlin (July 12, 1878 – May 7, 1943) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball. ... Edward Ernest (Ernie) Courtney (January 20, 1875 - February 29, 1920) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Beaneaters (1902), Baltimore Orioles (1902), New York Highlanders (1903), Detroit Tigers (1903) and Philadelphia Phillies (1905-1908). ... James Phillip Jimmy Austin (December 8, 1879 - March 6, 1965) was a professional baseball player and coach. ...

Other notable stars

Sal Bando, born Salvatore Leonard Bando (February 13, 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio), is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Kansas City & Oakland Athletics (1966-76) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977-81). ... Oswald Louis Ossie Bluege (October 24, 1900 - October 14, 1985) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators from 1922 to 1939. ... Cletis Leroy “Clete” Boyer (born February 9, 1937 in Cassville, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball player. ... Ronald Charles (Ron) Cey (born February 15, 1948 in Tacoma, Washington, a graduate of Mount Tahoma High School) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1971-82), Chicago Cubs (1983-86) and Oakland Athletics (1987). ... Harlond Benton Clift (nicknamed Darkie) (August 12, 1912 El Reno, Oklahoma - April 27, 1992 Yakima, Washington) was a baseball player who had a 12 season career from 1934-1945. ... Lave Cross (12 May 1866 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 6 September 1927 in Toledo, Ohio) was an American baseball player. ... Categories: Stub | Cleveland Spiders players | Indianapolis Hoosiers players | Louisville Colonels players | New York Giants players | Philadelphia Phillies players | Providence Grays players | St. ... Darrell Wayne Evans (born May 26, 1947 in Pasadena, California) is a former third baseman and first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1969 to 1989 with the Atlanta Braves (1969-76, 1989), San Francisco Giants (1976-83) and Detroit Tigers (1984-88). ... David Travis Fryman was born on March 25, 1969 in Lexington, Kentucky. ... Heinie Groh (September 18, 1889 - August 22, 1968) was a professional baseball player during the early 1900s, most famous for his unique hitting instrument - the bottle bat. ... Stanley Camfield Hack (December 6, 1909 - December 15, 1979), nicknamed Smiling Stan, was an American third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago Cubs and was the National Leagues top third baseman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. ... James Robert Bob Horner (born August 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman/first baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Atlanta Braves (1978-1986) and St. ... Howard Michael Johnson (born November 29, 1960), nicknamed HoJo, is a former switch hitting third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs from 1982 to 1995. ... William Edward Kamm (February 2, 1900 - December 21, 1988) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago White Sox from 1923 until he was traded mid-season in 1931 to the Cleveland Indians, where he finished his career. ... Kenneth Fredrick Keltner (October 31, 1916 - December 12, 1991) was a Major League third basemen who played his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, except for his final season, when he played 13 games as a Boston Red Sox. ... Walter Arlington Latham (March 15, 1860-November 29, 1952) was an American baseball player from 1880 -1909. ... Thomas Tommy William Leach (November 4, 1877 - September 29, 1969) was a Major League Baseball player in the late 19th and early 20th century. ... Dennis Patrick Aloysius Lyons (March 12, 1866 - January 2, 1929) born in Cincinnati, Ohio was a Third Baseman for the Providence Grays (1885), Philadelphia Athletics (1886-90), St. ... Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ... Oliver Hazzard Marcelle (June 21, 1895 - June 12, 1949), nicknamed Ghost, was an American third baseman in the Negro Leagues for a number of teams around the league from 1918-1931. ... Édgar Martínez (born January 2, 1963 in New York, New York, but raised in the Maguayo neighborhood of Dorado, Puerto Rico[1]) is a longtime Major League Baseball player who retired at the end of the 2004 season. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ... William Mitchell Nash (born June 24, 1865 in Richmond, Virginia; died November 15, 1929 in East Orange, New Jersey) played third base in Major League Baseball. ... Graig Nettles (born August 20, 1944 in San Diego, California) is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and left-handed batter who played for the Minnesota Twins (1967-69), Cleveland Indians (1970-72), New York Yankees (1973-83), San Diego Padres (1984-86), Atlanta Braves (1987) and Montreal Expos... Terry Lee Pendleton (b. ... Aurelio Rodríguez, born Aurelio Rodríguez Ituarte, Jr. ... Albert Leonard Rosen (born February 29, 1924, in Spartanburg, South Carolina), nicknamed Al and Flip, was an American major league third baseman and right-handed slugger. ... Robin Mark Ventura (born July 14, 1967 in Santa Maria, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Chicago White Sox. ... Ned Williamson on an 1887-90 Goodwin & Company baseball card (Old Judge) (N172). ... Edward Frederick Joseph Yost was a MLB player. ...

Currently active third basemen


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Third baseman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run.
The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as they are often the closest infielder (roughly 90-120 feet) to the batter.
Expectations of how well a third baseman should be able to hit have varied a great deal over time; in the early years of the sport, these expectations were similar to those for shortstops, the third baseman being merely the less skilled defensive player.
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