Third base: second to none

April 02, 1993

Baseball's best players at what might be its best position:

Gary Sheffield, Padres: Made a run at the Triple Crown in 1992, becoming the youngest player (23) in 30 years to win the NL batting title.

Robin Ventura, White Sox: Has great range in the field and continued to develop at the plate, driving in 93 runs and batting .387 against right-handers.

Terry Pendleton, Braves: Won the National League MVP award in 1991, then improved his numbers last season.

Edgar Martinez, Mariners: Led the major leagues in batting average last season, and that was with a bad shoulder.

Dave Hollins, Phillies: One of the best Rule V pickups ever, he had 27 homers, 104 runs and 93 RBI last season. A switch hitter with power from both sides of the plate.

Howard Johnson, Mets: His 1992 was a bust, but he's only one year removed from a 38-homer, 30-steal season.

Matt Williams, Giants: He slumped at the plate from 34 homers to 20, but will benefit from Barry Bonds' presence in the lineup. Has great range and a strong arm.

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