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MLB All-Star Countdown: AL Third Basemen

Matt GardSenior Analyst IJune 13, 2008

Not many American League third basemen have put up numbers that constitute All-Star status. Compared to the rest of the positions in this countdown, this list is less than impressive. Carlos Guillen could not be included because he is not on the ballot under third basemen.


5. Mike Lowell, Boston Red Sox
Mike Lowell has had a decent season for the defending champion Red Sox. Lowell has only a .270 average, but he has also batted in 35 runs while hitting 14 doubles and blasting 10 home runs. Lowell has only struck out 27 times this year, the lowest amount on this list, but has been walked even less, only 14 times.


4. Joe Crede, Chicago White Sox
Joe Crede has done very well this year for the first-place White Sox. He has a .283 batting average and has put up 60 hits. He is the power hitter of this list, boasting 14 hits and 41 runs batted in. Crede has only struck out 31 times this years. Crede hasn’t had a very good season on defense, posting 12 errors.


3. Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
A second-year player in Kansas City, Alex Gordon is an up-and-coming player in Major League Baseball. He doesn’t have All-Star numbers yet, but there is statistical evidence that he is on his way. Gordon leads this list in hits, runs, and doubles with 16.


2. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
Like Gordon, Evan Longoria is also an up-and-coming player. The Tampa Bay rookie has 31 runs on 52 hits. He also has 15 doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, and 32 runs batted in. He has the best fielding percentage on this list. Longoria and Gordon also find their pitfalls in the same category. They have the two worst averages on this list.


1.Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees
Alex Rodriguez is not having an amazing season compared to his typical numbers. However, Rodriguez is going to the All-Star Game for two reasons. No. 1 is the wide Yankees' fanbase. No. 2 is the fact that American League third basemen are down this year. Rodriguez has 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 32 runs batted in, and a .316 average, the best on this list.


American League
C         A.J. Pierzynski, Chicago White Sox
1B        Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox
2B        Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers
3B        Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees

National League
C         Brian McCann, Atlanta Braves
1B        Lance Berkman, Houston Astros
2B        Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies
3B        Next up (Tentatively scheduled for tomorrow)

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