2024 Spring Training preview: Texas Rangers third base

Just like the other infield positions for the Texas Rangers, third base is locked down by a solid player. Let's take a look back at 2023 and do a little predicting on what 2024 might hold at the hot corner.
Oct 8, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) throws to second
Oct 8, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Josh Jung (6) throws to second / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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The Texas Rangers have had several solid third basemen over the course of the franchise's history. That includes one that will be in the Hall of Fame this year. Josh Jung got to join this group of historic third basemen at the end of 2022 and in earnest last year on a fulltime basis. Names like Beltre, Bell, Harrah, Buechele, Palmer, Blalock, and even Young have been on the Rangers scorecards in the number five position over the last several decades.

With the soon to be Hall of Famer, Beltre, having played so recently at the position, there is a high expectation and desire from fans to have similar results. That is simply not realistic, even though the current state of third base in Arlington is one that is looking good. In fact, third base has become a position across the league that has super star talent playing it for many teams.

One thing that Jung has that none of those other players got while playing for the Rangers, is a World Series ring. Jung played outstanding during the postseason run and proved that he can handle the biggest of stages. In the 17 playoff games this past season, Jung slashed .308/.329/.538, hit four doubles, one triple, three home runs, scored 13 runs, and drove in eight runs. Those are some fantastic postseason numbers. Let's now take a gander at how third base looked for the Rangers during the 2023 regular season.

Next: A look back at 2023 from the hot corner