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Dodgers of the Decade: Third Base

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Justin Turner was the best position player for the Dodgers in the decade, Juan Uribe and Casey Blake also played well at third base in the 2010s

MLB: NLDS-Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the fourth article in this Dodgers of the Decade series. For this Thanksgiving week, we will look at third base. But before we review our choices at third base, let’s see what has happened so far.

New White Sox Yasmani Grandal was picked as the catcher and Adrián González was the choice as the first baseman. And in the closest vote so far, Chase Utley will slot in at second base for this team.

No player finished above 50% of the votes last week, Utley won with 41% (398 votes) and Kiké Hernández was next at 35% (335 votes).

As a reminder, the qualifications to make this ballot for a position player is a minimum 100 games played at that position.

Each article contains a poll where True Blue LA readers will get to vote for their choice.

Three players appeared in at least 100 games from 2010-2019 at third base and here they are in order of games played there:

  • Justin Turner played 644 games at third base since 2014. He also played 20 games at second, 16 at shortstop and 12 at first base but most of those games were in 2014 and 2015. He’s been a third baseman and occasional designated hitter since 2016.
  • Juan Uribe was with the Dodgers from 2011 to 2015. He played 354 games at third base and was the primary third baseman in 2013 and 2014.
  • Casey Blake had signed a three-year contract prior to the 2009 season and he played 184 games at third base from 2010 through 2011.

Other players who manned the hot corner for the Dodgers in the last decade include Luis Cruz (79 games), Max Muncy (73 games), Aaron Miles (61 games), Jerry Hairston (60 games), Logan Forsythe (54 games), Nick Punto (40 games), Adam Kennedy (39 games), Alberto Callaspo (37 games) and Kiké Hernández (30 games).

Justin Turner has delivered many big hits in his Dodger career, here are a two of them.

One of the biggest hits during the Dodgers seven consecutive seasons in the postseason was Juan Uribe’s two-run homer that would give the Dodgers the eventual winning run to beat the Atlanta Braves in the 2013 NLDS. That is also the only time the Dodgers clinched a postseason series at home this decade.

The statistics that are in the table below are their totals for the Dodgers from 2010-2019. and contain games where they played other positions.

Dodgers of the Decade: Third Base

Player bWAR/pos oWAR dWAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Player bWAR/pos oWAR dWAR G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Justin Turner 27.0 25.4 2.8 754 2901 394 764 168 6 112 383 269 434 .302 .381 .506 .887
Juan Uribe 7.5 3.1 5.1 407 1391 125 334 68 2 28 155 80 264 .260 .306 .381 .687
Casey Blake 3.6 2.5 1.4 209 810 88 177 38 2 21 90 74 188 .249 .327 .397 .723
Statistics provided by Baseball-Reference.com

Poll

Who plays Third Base for the Dodgers of the Decade team?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Casey Blake
    (8 votes)
  • 94%
    Justin Turner
    (526 votes)
  • 3%
    Juan Uribe
    (21 votes)
555 votes total Vote Now