Nationals Opinions: Best Third Baseman In Team History
By Ricky Keeler
Oct 3, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; A general view during the National Anthem before game one of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: David Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Last week, we began our All-Decade Team series here on District On Deck. We have been going position-by-position, giving what we think have been the best Washington Nationals players at certain positions as the team will be playing its 10th season since moving from Montreal to Washington D.C this season. We’ve already focused on catcher, second base, and shortstop. Today, we stay in the infield and take a look at third base.
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With Anthony Rendon moving to the hot corner, there have only been eight players that have manned the position for Washington DC over the last nine seasons. Out of those eight players, half of them are currently active. The two players that did not make this list that are still active are Alberto Gonzalez (2008-2011) and Chad Tracy (2011-2013), but these two were mainly contributors off the bench. Tony Batista came to Washington D.C in 2007 after playing for the Expos in their final season (2004).
Rendon makes the position change to allow Ryan Zimmermann to move over to first base. However, Zimmermann is still one of the best third baseman in the history of the franchise and is still seen as one of the main leaders on the 2015 Nationals as they aim for a World Series Championship.
There seems to be one obvious player that stands out as number one on this list, but that doesn’t mean we can’t recognize some of the other players who have played third base for the Nationals. With that being said, here are my top three players at third base in the history of the Washington Nationals.
Next: Number Three