List of Major League Baseball career fielding errors as a third baseman leaders
In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out.
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'.
The third baseman requires good reflexes in reacting to batted balls, as he or she is often the closest infielder (roughly 90–120 feet) to the batter. The third base position requires a strong and accurate arm, as the third baseman often makes long throws to first base. The third baseman sometimes must throw quickly to second base in time to start a double play. The third baseman must also field fly balls in fair and foul territory.
Arlie Latham is the all-time leader in errors committed as a third baseman with 822 career. Latham is the only third baseman to commit more than 700 or 800 career errors. Billy Nash is second all-time and the only other third baseman to commit more than 600 errors.
|Rank||Rank amongst leaders in career fielding errors A blank field indicates a tie.|
|Player (2018 Es)||Number of errors committed during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.|
|E as 3B||Total career errors committed as a third baseman.|
|*||Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame. |
|Bold||Denotes active player.[note 1]|
- Stats updated as of the 2018 season.
|Rank||Player (2018 Es)||E as 3B|
|62||Wade Boggs *||229|
|Chipper Jones *||223|
|79||George Davis *||211|
|86||Cap Anson *||196|
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.