Brooks Robinson, the all-time leader in games played as a third baseman.
Brooks Robinson, the all-time leader in games played as a third baseman.

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

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[2][3][4] is the all-time leader in career games as a third baseman, playing 2,870 games at the position in his career. Adrián Beltré[5] (2,759), Graig Nettles[6] (2,412), Gary Gaetti[7] (2,282), Wade Boggs[8] (2,215), Mike Schmidt[9] (2,212), Buddy Bell[10] (2,183), Eddie Mathews[11] (2,181), Ron Santo[12] (2,130), Aramis Ramírez[13] (2,112), Tim Wallach[14] (2,054), Scott Rolen[15] (2,023) and Eddie Yost[16] (2,008) are the only other players to play over 2,000 career games at third base in their careers.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 Gs) Number of games played during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
G as 3B Total career games played as a third baseman.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Evan Longoria, the active leader and 27th all-time in games played as a third baseman.
Evan Longoria, the active leader and 27th all-time in games played as a third baseman.
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 3B
1 Brooks Robinson * 2,870
2 Adrián Beltré 2,759
3 Graig Nettles 2,412
4 Gary Gaetti 2,282
5 Wade Boggs * 2,215
6 Mike Schmidt * 2,212
7 Buddy Bell 2,183
8 Eddie Mathews * 2,181
9 Ron Santo * 2,130
10 Aramis Ramírez 2,112
11 Tim Wallach 2,054
12 Scott Rolen 2,023
13 Eddie Yost 2,008
14 Chipper Jones * 1,992
15 Ron Cey 1,989
16 Aurelio Rodríguez 1,983
17 Sal Bando 1,896
18 Robin Ventura 1,887
19 Pie Traynor * 1,863
20 Stan Hack 1,836
21 Ken Boyer 1,785
Terry Pendleton 1,785
23 Pinky Higgins 1,768
24 Matt Williams 1,743
25 Lave Cross 1,724
26 Carney Lansford 1,720
27 Evan Longoria (65) 1,704
28 George Brett * 1,692
George Kell * 1,692
30 Jimmy Collins * 1,683
31 Ken Caminiti 1,676
32 Willie Kamm 1,674
33 Vinny Castilla 1,656
Larry Gardner 1,656
35 Willie Jones 1,614
36 Arlie Latham 1,573
37 David Wright 1,572
38 Harlond Clift 1,550
39 Home Run Baker * 1,548
40 Doug DeCinces 1,543
41 Ken Keltner 1,500
42 Todd Zeile 1,498
43 Ossie Bluege 1,487
44 Mike Lowell 1,474
45 Billy Nash 1,468
46 Darrell Evans 1,442
47 Bill Madlock 1,440
48 Clete Boyer 1,439
49 Jimmy Austin 1,431
50 Kyle Seager (136) 1,414
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 3B
51 Jeff Cirillo 1,403
52 Eric Chavez 1,402
53 Bill Bradley 1,390
54 Harry Steinfeldt 1,387
55 Frank Malzone 1,370
56 Bob Elliott 1,365
57 Joe Randa 1,362
58 Travis Fryman 1,359
59 Pinky Whitney 1,358
60 Doug Rader 1,349
Milt Stock 1,349
62 Troy Glaus 1,337
63 Charlie Hayes 1,328
64 Ken Reitz 1,321
65 Ken McMullen 1,318
66 Heinie Groh 1,299
67 Billy Shindle 1,274
68 Steve Buechele 1,269
69 Richie Hebner 1,262
70 Jimmy Dykes 1,257
71 Nolan Arenado (140) 1,209
72 Don Hoak 1,199
73 Mike Mowrey 1,196
74 Bob Bailey 1,194
Alex Rodriguez 1,194
76 Art Devlin 1,192
77 Mike Pagliarulo 1,179
78 Brook Jacoby 1,166
79 Dean Palmer 1,162
80 Eddie Foster 1,161
81 Bobby Byrne 1,147
82 Billy Werber 1,143
83 Ryan Zimmerman (0) 1,133
84 Jim Davenport 1,130
85 Bill Mueller 1,128
86 Chase Headley 1,123
87 Jerry Denny 1,109
88 Doc Casey 1,100
89 Toby Harrah 1,099
90 Bob Aspromonte 1,094
91 Mike Moustakas (43) 1,087
92 Denny Lyons 1,085
93 Red Rolfe 1,084
94 Brandon Inge 1,083
95 Todd Frazier (3) 1,069
96 Tom Brookens 1,065
97 Josh Donaldson (83) 1,062
98 George Pinkney 1,061
99 Hick Carpenter 1,059
100 Paul Schaal 1,053

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ Section 20 of the official scorer guidelines
  2. ^ "Brooks Robinson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  3. ^ "Brooks Robinson Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  4. ^ Simon, Andrew (February 15, 2021). "Brooks Robinson's Most Impressive Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Adrián Beltré Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Graig Nettles Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  7. ^ "Gary Gaetti Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "Wade Boggs Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  9. ^ "Mike Schmidt Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  10. ^ "Buddy Bell Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  11. ^ "Eddie Mathews Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  12. ^ "Ron Santo Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  13. ^ "Aramis Ramírez Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  14. ^ "Tim Wallach Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  15. ^ "Scott Rolen Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.
  16. ^ "Eddie Yost Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved April 7, 2021.