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.

Key

RankRank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 POs)Number of recorded putouts during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
PO as 3BTotal career putouts as a third baseman.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[lower-alpha 1]

List

  • Stats updated as of August 23, 2018.
Rank Player (2017 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 (52) 2,193
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 (2018 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 Joe Dugan 1,099
77 David Wright 1,087
78 Jim Tabor 1,077
79 Evan Longoria (57) 1,068
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

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