Brooks Robinson, the all-time leader in career assists by a third baseman.
Brooks Robinson, the all-time leader in career assists by a third baseman.

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) prior to the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base — the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in succession to score a run. In the scoring system used to record defensive plays, the third baseman is assigned the number '5'.

Brooks Robinson[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in career assists as a shortstop with 6,205. Robinson is the only third baseman with more than 6,000 career assists.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 As) Number of recorded assists during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
A Total career assists.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Evan Longoria, the active leader in assists as a third baseman and 40th all-time
Evan Longoria, the active leader in assists as a third baseman and 40th all-time
Rank Player (2021 As) A as 3B
1 Brooks Robinson * 6,205
2 Graig Nettles 5,279
3 Adrián Beltré 5,182
4 Mike Schmidt * 5,045
5 Buddy Bell 4,925
6 Ron Santo * 4,581
7 Gary Gaetti 4,531
8 Eddie Mathews * 4,322
9 Wade Boggs * 4,246
10 Aurelio Rodriguez 4,150
11 Scott Rolen 4,081
12 Ron Cey 4,018
13 Tim Wallach 3,992
14 Terry Pendleton 3,891
15 Sal Bando 3,720
16 Lave Cross 3,715
17 Jimmy Collins * 3,702
18 George Brett * 3,674
19 Eddie Yost 3,659
20 Ken Boyer 3,652
21 Aramis Ramírez 3,627
22 Robin Ventura 3,552
23 Arlie Latham 3,546
24 Pie Traynor * 3,521
25 Stan Hack 3,494
26 Chipper Jones * 3,447
27 Larry Gardner 3,408
28 Matt Williams 3,376
29 Willie Kamm 3,345
30 George Kell * 3,303
31 Harlond Clift 3,262
32 Vinny Castilla 3,261
33 Pinky Higgins 3,258
34 Clete Boyer 3,218
35 Doug DeCinces 3,215
36 Home Run Baker * 3,155
37 Ken Caminiti 3,127
38 Darrell Evans 3,123
39 Billy Nash 3,122
40 Evan Longoria (120) 3,089
41 Ken Keltner 3,070
42 Ossie Bluege 3,040
43 Jimmy Austin 2,949
44 David Wright 2,946
45 Bill Bradley 2,943
46 Willie Jones 2,934
47 Kyle Seager (276) 2,915
48 Billy Shindle 2,891
49 Doug Rader 2,887
50 Frank Malzone 2,884
Rank Player (2021 As) A as 3B
51 Harry Steinfeldt 2,805
52 Carney Lansford 2,799
53 Bob Elliott 2,744
54 Eric Chavez 2,732
55 Ken McMullen 2,731
56 Todd Zeile 2,724
57 Nolan Arenado (259) 2,688
Mike Lowell 2,688
59 Pinky Whitney 2,640
60 Heinie Groh 2,554
61 Bill Madlock 2,546
62 Jeff Cirillo 2,545
63 Travis Fryman 2,530
64 Milt Stock 2,508
65 Troy Glaus 2,505
66 Joe Randa 2,489
67 Art Devlin 2,481
68 Charlie Hayes 2,480
69 Ken Reitz 2,477
70 Billy Werber 2,415
71 Jimmy Dykes 2,403
72 Eddie Foster 2,384
73 Mike Mowrey 2,363
74 Richie Hebner 2,346
75 Jerry Denny 2,338
76 Don Hoak 2,331
77 Steve Buechele 2,281
78 Bob Bailey 2,262
79 Bobby Byrne 2,221
80 Brandon Inge 2,189
81 Doc Casey 2,184
82 Ryan Zimmerman (0) 2,181
83 Red Smith 2,136
84 Denny Lyons 2,130
85 Red Rolfe 2,128
86 Tommy Leach 2,127
87 Mike Pagliarulo 2,119
88 Chase Headley 2,078
89 Alex Rodriguez 2,076
90 Manny Machado (246) 2,073
91 Don Money 2,061
92 Brook Jacoby 2,058
93 Bill Melton 2,045
94 George Pinkney 2,042
95 Paul Schaal 2,038
96 Josh Donaldson (162) 2,018
97 Ken Oberkfell 1,996
98 Hick Carpenter 1,991
99 Bill Mueller 1,987
Don Wert 1,987

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ "Brooks Robinson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  2. ^ Kates, Maxwell. "Brooks Robinson Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "Brooks Robinson Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.