List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a third baseman leaders

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

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 in succession to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5'.

The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as he or she is often the closest infielder (roughly 90–120 feet) to the batter. The third base position requires a strong and accurate arm, as 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.

Brooks Robinson is the all-time leader in career putouts as a third baseman with 2,697. Robinson is the only third baseman with more than 2,500 career putouts.

Brooks Robinson 1955
Brooks Robinson, the all-time leader in career putouts by a third baseman.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 POs) Number of recorded putouts during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
PO as 3B Total career putouts as a third baseman.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List

Evan Longoria in 2018
Evan Longoria, the active leader in putouts as a third baseman and 76th all time.
  • Stats updated as of July 13, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO as 3B
1 Brooks Robinson * 2,697
2 Jimmy Collins * 2,372
3 Eddie Yost 2,356
4 Lave Cross 2,310
5 Pie Traynor * 2,289
6 Billy Nash 2,222
7 Adrián Beltré 2,194
8 Home Run Baker * 2,154
9 Willie Kamm 2,151
10 Eddie Mathews * 2,049
11 Willie Jones 2,045
12 Jimmy Austin 2,042
13 Arlie Latham 1,976
14 Ron Santo * 1,955
15 Stan Hack 1,944
16 Graig Nettles 1,898
17 Pinky Higgins 1,848
18 George Kell * 1,825
19 Billy Shindle 1,815
20 Buddy Bell 1,798
21 Larry Gardner 1,789
22 Harlond Clift 1,777
Jerry Denny 1,777
24 Harry Steinfeldt 1,776
25 Bill Bradley 1,755
26 Gary Gaetti 1,699
27 Denny Lyons 1,675
28 Tim Wallach 1,662
29 Sal Bando 1,647
30 Mike Schmidt * 1,591
31 Ken Keltner 1,576
32 Ken Boyer 1,567
33 Ossie Bluege 1,551
34 Wade Boggs * 1,550
35 Aurelio Rodríguez 1,529
36 Ron Cey 1,500
37 Scott Rolen 1,478
38 Robin Ventura 1,471
39 Clete Boyer 1,470
40 Bobby Byrne 1,456
Heinie Groh 1,456
42 Pinky Whitney 1,455
43 Hick Carpenter 1,450
44 Bob Elliott 1,448
45 Art Devlin 1,399
46 Milt Stock 1,392
47 Terry Pendleton 1,386
48 Carney Lansford 1,382
49 George Brett * 1,372
50 Mike Mowrey 1,363
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO as 3B
51 Jimmy Dykes 1,361
52 George Pinkney 1,343
53 Tommy Leach 1,323
54 Doc Casey 1,312
55 Frank Malzone 1,308
56 Matt Williams 1,293
57 Hans Lobert 1,292
58 Eddie Foster 1,289
59 Darrell Evans 1,273
60 Bill Coughlin 1,269
61 Billy Werber 1,264
62 Ken McMullen 1,259
63 Doug DeCinces 1,256
64 Ezra Sutton 1,252
65 Ken Caminiti 1,251
66 Joe Mulvey 1,235
67 Charlie Irwin 1,228
68 Red Rolfe 1,220
69 Don Hoak 1,219
70 Red Smith 1,210
71 Aramis Ramírez 1,197
72 Chipper Jones * 1,159
73 Vinny Castilla 1,156
74 Mike Lowell 1,140
75 Doug Rader 1,138
76 Evan Longoria (36) 1,119
77 Joe Dugan 1,099
78 David Wright 1,087
79 Jim Tabor 1,077
80 Heinie Zimmerman 1,054
81 Harry Lord 1,046
82 Bill Joyce 1,044
83 Tom Burns 1,043
84 Eric Chavez 1,035
85 Marv Owen 1,032
86 Frank Hankinson 1,029
87 Ossie Vitt 1,026
Art Whitney 1,026
89 Bob Aspromonte 1,025
Whitey Kurowski 1,025
91 Joe Randa 1,005
92 Ken Reitz 996
93 Harry Wolverton 989
94 Grady Hatton 979
95 Todd Zeile 974
96 Al Rosen 970
97 Max Alvis 962
Eddie Grant 962
99 Charlie Deal 956
Joe Stripp 956

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

Adrián Beltré

Adrián Beltré Pérez (born April 7, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman. Originally signed as an amateur free agent, he made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 at age 19. He subsequently played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers. He batted and threw right-handed. He became one of the most all-around accomplished players in history; he ranks 13th in defensive Wins Above Replacement and was the fourth third baseman to reach 400 home runs and 1,500 runs batted in. Beltré was a four-time selection for the Silver Slugger Award and MLB All-Star Game, and a five-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Beltré is the all-time hits leader among foreign-born players. The fifth major leaguer to hit at least 100 home runs for three teams, he hit at least 20 home runs in 12 seasons, and in five, drove in at least 100 runs. He hit a major league-leading 48 home runs while playing for the Dodgers in 2004, was the team MVP of the Red Sox in 2010, and tied for the major league lead in hits in 2013 while playing for the Rangers. Sharing the record as one of four major leaguers to hit for the cycle three times, Beltré was the only one to hit three at the same stadium, Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was the sixth player with a three-home-run game in both the regular season and postseason, and the second with both a three-home-run game and cycle in the same week. On July 30, 2017, he became the 31st player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits, and the first from the Dominican Republic.When he retired, Beltré ranked in the top ten all-time at his position in games played, assists, putouts, and double plays. Beltré was the second-to-last active player to have played in the 1990s; at his retirement, former Rangers teammate Bartolo Colón became the last.

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