Who are the best third basemen in Red Sox history? Ranking the Top 5

John Tomase
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The Red Sox could compile an All-Star lineup of third basemen who excelled at other positions, from Kevin Youkilis to Rico Petrocelli to John Valentin, Johnny Pesky, and Xander Bogaerts.

You could also easily fill a second team with either All-Stars (Shea Hillenbrand, Scott Cooper) or batting champions (Carney Lansford, Bill Mueller).

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Picking the actual top five isn't easy, especially if we eliminate some of the aforementioned players, who will appear on other lists (we're limiting each player to one appearance overall).

The first two are Hall of Famers and no-brainers. After that comes a long-time standout, a World Series hero, and finally, a budding star who we suspect will finish his career even higher on this list.

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