Dodgers: Ranking the Top 5 third basemen in franchise history

Adrian Beltre, Los Angeles Dodgers (Photo by Jon Soohoo/Getty Images)
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Best Dodgers third baseman: Justin Turner and Ron Cey

2. Justin Turner

Justin Turner has been the Dodgers’ best signing of the 21st century. A relative unknown, the Dodgers inked Turner to a minor league deal before the 2014 season. He’d only played 100 games in a season once at that point, but had demonstrated versatility and some solid contact skills in New York. Injuries to Juan Uribe and Hanley Ramirez opened the door, and the rest is history.

JT has arguably been the Dodgers’ most consistent bat since joining the club. A .302 hitter over his six years in LA, Turner was named to the All-Star team in 2017 as the final vote candidate, and holds the franchise record for postseason RBIs with 35.

Turner’s presence both in the lineup and the clubhouse have been invaluable to the Dodgers’ recent success. If he departs in free agency after 2020, he will do so as a franchise great.

1.Ron Cey

The Penguin is the longest tenured third baseman in Dodger history, with ten seasons as the regular and twelve in total. Part of the legendary homegrown Dodger infield of the ‘70’s, Cey took over the starting job in 1974, and burst onto the scene in 1975 driving in 97 runs and being named to his first All-Star team.

He would be named to the All-Star team the next five seasons, driving in over 100 runs twice and hitting as many as 30 homers in that span. Cey was also an MVP finalist from 1974-1977.

Perhaps the former Washington State product’s finest Dodger moment, Cey delivered the go-ahead RBI in game 6 of the 1981 World Series, just three days after being concussed by a Goose Gossage fastball. Cey was named co-MVP of the series along with Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager after hitting .350 with a homer and driving in six runs.

He also holds the record for RBIs in the month of April with 29, and holds the distinction of having the 17th best mustache in MLB history, according to Bleacher Report.

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