Minnesota Twins: The Top 5 Third Basemen in Franchise History
By Otto Johnson
No. 4: Washington Senators’ Eddie Yost
Years with the Washington Senators: 1944, 1946-1958 (14 Seasons)
Key Stats with the Washington Senators: 1690 G, 1521 H, 101 HR, 550 RBI, 58 SB, 1274 BB, .253 BA, 27.1 WAR, 36.5 oWAR, -9.2 dWAR, Three Top-25 MVP Finishes, One time All-Star
Eddie Yost was one the best offensive third basemen in team history, finishing his fourteen seasons with an offensive war (oWAR) of 36.5. His teams never finished with more than 76 wins, but his play was excellent.
Yost was one of the few players on the team that pulled their weight on offense, hitting 101 homers, batting in 550 RBI, and walking 1,274 walks, second most in team history and eleventh all-time, earning him the nickname “The Walking Man”.
Yost was far from a defensive marvel however, ending his Senators career with a -9.2 dWAR. One particularly bad stretch saw him commit 70 errors over three years. This stretch didn’t prevent him from winning awards, as Yost finished in the Top-25 of MVP voting twice over that time, and three times overall.
Yost only made one All-Star game over his time with the Senators, but he played hard and was an offensive leader for a struggling team. Yost’s nickname alone helps him land in the top 5 on this list, but his stats more than back him up.