New York Yankee’s all-time third basemen – No. 9: Scott Brosius (8.7 WAR)
What a four-year stint he had with the Yankees after seven seasons in Oakland. The change seemed to do him good.
He was dealt to the Yankees for Kenny Rogers following the 1997 season and he made an immediate impact. His first year in New York in 1998, he hit .300 in the regular season with 19 home runs, 34 doubles and 98 RBIs. He also earned his first All-Star appearance that summer. He saved his best for last in the World Series with a .471 average with two home runs in Game 3 and six RBIs, good enough to take home the MVP award.
Over the next three years, the Yankees would win two more World Series championships in 1999 and 2000, before losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. In Game 5 of 2001 World Series, he drilled a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off Arizona pitcher Byung-Hyun Kim to send the game to extra innings. The Yankees ended up winning the game in 12 innings for a 3-2 series lead, which they eventually lost in seven games.
A durable player, he played 536 games at third in the regular season and won his only Gold Glove Award in 2001. Four years in New York with the Yanks and four trips to the World Series, that’s not a bad career in Pinstripes.
New York Yankees all-time third basemen – No. 8: Joe Dugan (9.4 WAR)
Nicknamed Jumpin Joe, Dugan spent seven seasons with the Yankees and was part of their first three World Series title teams. Acquired from the Boston Red Sox in July of 1922, he played a big role in the 1923 championship team with a .283 average and over 100 runs scored.
Always being recognized for his defense at third base, which was the reason he won the 1925 MVP Award, he hit .302 in 1924 and finished his career with the Yankees with a .286 average and part of championships teams in 1927 and 1929.
He signed with the Boston Braves in 1930 and then played for the Detroit Tigers in 1931 before his career ended after being released by the Tigers later that season.