CineSportsTalk vs MLB Network: 2016 Top 10 Third Basemen

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Every year MLB Network runs down their list of “Top 10 Right Now” at each position. They do it a few different ways. First, they use their machine called the “Shredder.” The Shredder takes all of the human factor out of it and goes based solely on numbers alone. They rank each position in that manner and use both offensive numbers as well as defensive numbers. Then the host of the show, Brian Kenny, gets his chance to count them down as does Bill James and then finally the special guest host for that particular countdown gets their say.

We will start with the Shredder, Brian Kenny and the special guest host and then move on to Steve, Scott and the Sportz Nutt from CineSportsTalk! Here we go and let us know what you think!

MLB Network

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CineSportsTalk

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Steve’s Top 10

10. David Wright

Wright

The Captain of my Mets has to be in the top 10 for me. I know that injuries have really caught up with him over the last 2-3 seasons and especially now with his spinal stenosis. With guys like Kang and Turner in the top 10 for The Shredder, I shouldn’t have to justify this long time top 3 guy. If he stays healthy and plays the projected 130-135 games he can still be productive.

9. Evan Longoria

Longoria

Evan Longoria has long been considered a top talent at 3rd base, but one that couldn’t stay healthy. The last few years he has been able to stay healthy, but the elite numbers haven’t been there. Perhaps he is staying healthy by scaling back on the type of player he could be. Perhaps. I still respect the man and I have him just ahead of Wright because he has been relatively healthy over the last few years.

8. Adrian Beltre

Beltre

Beltre was my number 1 third baseman on last years list. He had a disappointing first half of the season and I think there is some more regression to come as he is about to turn 37 years old in about a week. He will still be one of the top run producers at his position so I have him at a very respectable #8 on my list.

7. Matt Carpenter

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Carpenter is a run machine. Whether he is driving them in with one of his many extra base hits or scoring them, he is going to contribute to the score of a Cardinals game.

6. Kyle Seager

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Kyle Seager may not be the best baseball player in his family, but he sure is consistent. He isn’t the sexiest name at the hot corner, but he is sure to get the job done and the Mariners should be thrilled to have him.

5. Todd Frazier

Frazier

The first guy on this list to change teams in the offseason. He got off to a blazing start last year and was a well-deserved pick for All-Star in the NL. Now he moves from Cincy to Chicago and to a decent White Sox lineup.

4. Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

I’m pretty modest, but you can call me a genius if you’d like. I was the only guy at either MLB or CST to put this guy in the top 10 at 3rd base last year. If he didn’t strike out so damn much, I might have him a bit higher on this list. Maybe next year, kid.

3. Manny Machado

Machado

So this spot was up for grabs for me. It was either Machado or Bryant. It was either nasty attitude or strike outs. I kept it at talent and went with Machado at #3. The power finally came last year and it is here to stay!

2. Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado

Is it Coors field or is it raw power and talent. As with most talented guys that play in Colorado, it is probably a mixture of the two. Either way, I would take Arenado in a heart beat if the NL had a DH and Wright could fill that spot out in the lineup. Hey, a man can dream can’t he?

1. Josh Donaldson

Donaldson

I said last year that he could hit 35 homeruns in this Toronto lineup and he went for 41. Donaldson is the leader of the elite at the hot corner and even though there is a wealth of talent near the top of this list, it will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future.

Scott’s Top 10

10. Matt Carpenter

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9. Kyle Seager

Seager

8. Anthony Rendon

Anthony Rendon

7. Evan Longoria

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6. Adrian Beltre

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5. Todd Frazier

Frazier

4. Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

3. Manny Machado

Machado

2. Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado

1. Josh Donaldson

Donaldson

The Sportz Nutt’s Top 10

10. Maikel Franco

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Going with the potential here.

9. Evan Longoria

Longoria

Not what he once was and isn’t as exciting anymore, but he should remain consistent with his numbers.

8. Matt Carpenter

carpenter

2013 scored a ton; 2014 walked a ton; 2015 hit a ton for power; 2016?

7. Kyle Seager

Seager

Not quite the best in baseball, but nowhere near the worst.

6. Adrian Beltre

Beltre

Mr. Dependable, but could regress due to age at anytime.

5. Todd Frazier

Frazier

Watch out for him in Chicago, as the ball flies out quite easily when it’s warm.

4. Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

Stud B.

3. Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado

Stud A.

2. Manny Machado

Machado

Loved this guy for years, as he turned his extra base hits into HR and now he’s putting his whole game together.

1. Josh Donaldson

Donaldson

If you don’t know how I feel about him yet, go back in time and read my “contract negotiations” piece and see exactly how good I think he is.