This subject is bound to get it's share of responses; usually does. I guess the question is if you had to choose between the two, who would you have as your third baseman?
There is no doubt Schmidt was a true slugger. 548 Homers is evidence of that. On the other hand Schmidt was a clean-up hitter. Robinson batted third and set the table for Frank Robinson. Robinson was widely regarded as a clutch hitter. Also, some years ago a sports writer for the Philadelphia Enquirer pointed out that approx. 50% of Schmidt's homers came when the team was already ahead by three runs or more.
That's why I wish the stat Game winning rbi's were included in all offensive career stats. As it is it's not. probably too much work for the Elias Sports Bureau I guess.
Given his offensive stats: Home Runs, etc. I'd have to give a slight edge to Schmidt offensively. Having said that, that doesn't mean Robinson was a slouch in that department either.Robbie had more base hits 2848 to 2234.
He also had more doubles 482 to 408. More triples 68 to 59.
Of course Schmidt has a clean-up hitter hit more Home Runs 548 to 268 and RBI's 1595 to 1357 but strangely enough both Schmidt and Robinson ended their careers with the same lifetime batting average .268 !
Since there is no question that Brooks played a few years too long it would suffice to say that his career batting average would have probably been in the 270's but that's pure conjecture.
Offensively and defensively it is important to note that Robinson played his career on natural turf while Schmidt played his on that darn plastic ping-pong table.
Both achieved M.V.P. status. Schmidt as N.L. MVP three times.
Robinson was league MVP in '64, All-Star MVP in 66 and W.S. MVP in 70.
Defensively, Robinson is usually regarded as the best defensive third baseman of all time. Let's compare both players stats in that regard.
Robinson was awarded 16 [U]consectutive[U] gold gloves.
Schmidt was awarded 10; though not consectutive. (does that matter?)
Robinson had 2,697 put outs at third. Schmidt: 1,591
Assists: Robinson 6205, Schmidt 5045
Errors: Robinson 263, Schmidt 313
Double plays: Robinson 618, Schmidt 450
Fielding Pct. Robinson .963, Schmidt .949
All-Star Games; Robinson 18 consectutive
All-Star Batting Average Robinson .289/Schmidt .278
A.L.C.S. Batting Average Robinson .348 Slugging Pct. 522
N.L.C.S. Batting Average Schmidt .241 Slugging Pct. .361
World Series(4) Batting Average Robinson 263/Slugging Pct. 408
World Series(2) Batting Average Schmidt 220/Slugging Pct. 390
Total Post-Season Stats: (8 total for each player)
Robinson: Robinson batting AVG. .303 SLG. .462
Schmidt batting AVG. .236 SLG. .386
So there you go. My choice with all factors considered (i.e., place in batting order, natural turf vs. artificial, defensive stats, gold gloves, post-season, all-star, world series. VERY reluctantly it would have to be Brooks Robinson. Plus from a strictly fan's viewpoint. How classic is a baseball name than that !!!!