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Willie Kamm

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Fenway Park, Boston

All-Time Player Fielding - Career

Best Ever Fielding Third Basemen (1871-2017)



Third Base

Rank Name First FVPos LastYear CUM
GP
CUM
PO
CUM
A
CUM
E
CUM
FPCT
CUM
RF(pg)
1 Arenado Nolan 1.6706 2017 716 467 1663 65 0.970 2.98
2 Kamm Willie 1.6683 1935 1674 2151 3345 185 0.967 3.28
3 Robinson Brooks 1.6397 1977 2870 2697 6205 263 0.971 3.10
4 Bell Buddy 1.6138 1989 2183 1798 4925 254 0.964 3.08
5 Seager Kyle 1.6057 2017 967 645 1981 92 0.966 2.72
6 Pendleton Terry 1.6051 1998 1785 1386 3891 238 0.957 2.96
7 Inge Brandon 1.6021 2013 1083 850 2188 121 0.962 2.81
8 Boyer Clete 1.5965 1971 1439 1470 3218 168 0.965 3.26
9 Jones Willie 1.5914 1961 1614 2045 2934 192 0.963 3.08
10 Machado Manny 1.5900 2017 715 553 1495 67 0.968 2.86
11 Polanco Placido 1.5872 2013 752 475 1420 32 0.983 2.52
12 May Pinky 1.5815 1943 646 737 1391 84 0.962 3.29
13 Nettles Graig 1.5806 1988 2412 1898 5279 295 0.961 2.98
14 Gaetti Gary 1.5787 1999 2282 1699 4531 224 0.965 2.73
15 Wallach Tim 1.5780 1996 2054 1662 3992 240 0.959 2.75
16 Schmidt Mike 1.5777 1989 2212 1591 5045 313 0.955 3.00
17 Williamson Ned 1.5755 1890 716 878 1719 401 0.866 3.63
18 Keltner Ken 1.5750 1950 1500 1576 3070 171 0.965 3.10
19 Rolen Scott 1.5748 2012 2023 1478 4080 186 0.968 2.75
20 Boone Ray 1.5728 1959 510 576 1058 72 0.958 3.20


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    Whose Number One at Third Base


    1. Nolan Arenado (2013-2017)

    Well, it was bound to happen, and will likely be temporary. Willie Kamm has been replaced by five year star Nolan Arenado. Arenado is a slick fielding third baseman currently fielding at twelve percentage points better than the average third baseman of his era. He's also exhibiting range at 3.11 per nine innings against the fielders of his time at 2.58. That's really good, however, it has already started to drop. His first three years between 3.24 and 3.25 range factor per nine; last year it was 2.77. So Kamm might be displaced here for the moment, but it's probably a one or two year phenomenom. Nolan is the best fielder in baseball history at the third sack, as of 2017.


Fielding Ratings in the Stat Geek Baseball PEVA system are meant to give a grade that relates to value for payroll purposes. A player with a low amount of innings played at a position may be rated lower for that purpose, but be a better defensive player. They would be rated higher in the PEVA/FV system with higher innings played, but their FV is lower due to lack of use.

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