Third base is known as the ‘hot corner’. The following is a list of my Top 5 All-time Atlanta Braves’ third baseman.
CHIPPER JONES– Chipper Jones, who is otherwise known as Larry Wayne Jones is the best third baseman in ATLANTA Braves’ history and I remember when he was first drafted in the early 1990’s and eventually he took over for Terry Pendleton in 1995. Chipper is one of those rare players in today’s baseball environment to stay with one club throughout his playing career. Chipper’s first full year with the Braves in 1995 was also the same year the Braves captured the city’s only World Title for any professional sport. Chipper had spent the majority of his playing time at third, but made a switch in the 2002 and 2003 seasons to left field. Despite injuries in the latter part of the year, Jones has been able to maintain a high level of play.
EDDIE MATTHEWS– Mathews was the ultimate pull hitter and a very successful one at that. Technically, he wasn’t an ATLANTA Braves, but he was part of the old Milwaukee Braves’ team that had Hank Aaron who were dominant in the late 1950’s. Matthews is a Braves’ Hall of Famer who played for a decade in Milwaukee. Matthews, just like David Justice had the game winning homerun in a clinching World Series win.
TERRY PENDLETON– On my list, Terry Pendleton is among the best third-baseman in Braves history. Pendleton helped to stabilize the left side of the infield and was an integral part of the braves’ worst-to-first 1991 World Series team. Pendleton was already a playoff-tested veteran prior to his arrival in Atlanta. Pendleton won the 1991 MVP award and National League Comeback Player of the Year. Defensively, Pendleton was considered one of the best when he played. He had previously won two Gold Gloves with the Cardinals in 1987 and 1989, and with the Braves won a third in 1992.
DARRELL EVANS– Evans’ career began with the Braves in 1969 and was one of the most prolific left-handed power hitters in baseball during the 1970’s and most of the 1980’s. Evans played into his 40’s and had two stints with the Braves. He was a very reliable third baseman, but he had the most success with Detroit Tigers. In 1984, his Tigers’ team had won a World Series title. Evans did receive an All-Star berth in 1973.
KEN OBERKFELL-Oberkfell was a winning player who was a part of the 1982 St. Louis Cardinals championship team, and became a Brave in the mid-1980’s. His trademark beard distinguished him, but he was known as a very good defensive third baseman. Oberkfell was not a power hitter, but he always put the ball in play. His tenure with the Braves was during a rough stretch in which the team lost a lot of games, but he still is considered one of the greatest third baseman to ever play for the Braves.