Did You Notice We’re in the Midst of the Great Third Base Revolution?
With perennial All-Star third basemen like Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones now out of the game, players like Adrian Beltre, David Wright, and Josh Donaldson filled in admirably. But their careers are moving quickly, so who is next? We just felt the new wave of shortstops enter the game, led by Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor, but you probably did not notice that the 25 and under third basemen just put together a terrific second half and may be taking over the third base cover page sooner than you think.
Most turn to electric Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, but he’s not exactly a revolution in and of himself. This is not to discredit Machado, I was in Camden Yards for his Major League debut, and there’s no doubt he’s special. However, FanGraphs’ WAR ranking for third baseman under 25 suggests a mostly unheralded new wave of stars are emerging at the hot corner.