With spring training less than a month away, MLB teams are starting to take shape with 40-man rosters nearly finalized. Owners and managers have tweaked their lineups in hopes of a successful run at a World Series title. Now comes the stage of the season where fans will rank, grade and even criticize each roster.
MLB Now recently released a list of their top 10 third basemen and it has created quite a stir.
Fans took to Twitter to give their thoughts on who warrants a place on this very competitive list. MLB is stacked with talented third basemen, and not everyone can squeeze into the top 10.
The tweet, from the MLB Network account, had fans questioning the order and ranking of some of the players. Fans also questioned why certain players had been left off.
The decision to place seven-time All-Star Nolan Arenado in the fifth spot was definitely controversial. Arenado is a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and a six-time Platinum Glove winner. He has led the National League in home runs on three different occasions (2015, 2016, 2018) and the NL in RBIs on two occasions (2015, 2016).
Last season, Arenado had a .293/.358/.533 slash line and finished third in the NL MVP voting. He recorded 30 homers and 103 RBIs. It’s hard to imagine what more he could’ve done to work his way into the top three places on the list.