Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo made defensive switches this season and took home Gold Gloves on Tuesday to show for it. Here’s a question: Could Kiner-Falefa do the same thing, including another position switch, all over again in 2021? A year ago at this time, Kiner-Falefa was coming out of a failed experiment to add […]
Practically from the moment Matt Chapman took the field for his MLB debut on June 15, 2017, the A’s became one of the top teams in baseball in terms of both offensive and defensive production at third base. With Chapman missing nearly 40 percent of the 2020 season, the A’s slipped in third-base production relative […]
As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season. When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop […]
One of the great things about watching the A’s and Rockies play, which they do tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is the chance to watch the third base matchup. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado has won seven Gold Gloves at third and is a five-time All-Star. Chapman has made one All-Star team, has won two Gold Gloves and […]
When we get to the modern third basemen we get to an interesting question as it pertains to the Hall of Fame. It is called the Baseball Hall of Fame. It isn’t called the MLB Hall of Fame or the Professional Hall of Fame. So, how much do we count accomplishments that occur outside of […]
Each A’s infielder gets a sense of confidence knowing their primary target is two-time Gold Glove Award winner first baseman Matt Olson. Before he was scooping balls from Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien, however, Olson played more third base during his earlier years in the game. He detailed how that has improved his game in […]
We’ve got some time on our hands, so please join me for a position-by-position look at the best seasons by individual players in Twins history. Note that each season will be evaluated independently and players are eligible only at their primary position that season. These aren’t career rankings. Those come later. Next up? Third base. […]
With Manny Machado signing a 10-year contract with the Padres and Nolan Arenado inking an eight-year extension with the Rockies, the question comes to mind: Which one of them has been the better defensive third baseman?