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List Rules Only pro baseball players who played primarily center field for their careers and are known as center fielders

Who are the greatest centerfielders of all time? Looking at this list, which includes some of the greatest baseball players ever to play the game, it's hard not to be awe struck by the incredible defensive talent. On top of that, nearly all of the outstanding centerfielders here are also among the best hitters in MLB history. Vote for the players that you believe were the best center fielders ever, and add any that might be missing. Also, you can re-rank this list to your liking. A great center fielder is without a doubt one of the premiere defensive players on any baseball team. They must be incredibly alert and athletic, because they've got a lot of territory to protect. In short, the centerfielder gets a lot of action. It's not just speed, though: The best center fielders also possess great arm strength and accuracy. Many of the best centerfielders in Major League Baseball history (past and present) have some of the strongest throwing arms in baseball, ever. Sure, they make the routine plays that get outs for their teams, but they also astound occasionally with incredible, spectacular catches.
list ordered by

1
590 137
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

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2
477 142
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Mickey Mantle Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

3
479 140
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

4
424 114
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

5
409 110
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

6
232 92
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
202 109
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
194 177
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

9
215 111
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

10
202 156
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

11
115 77
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

12
143 83
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andruw Jones Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

13
96 75
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

14
116 126
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

15
101 62
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

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16
91 72
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

17
113 127
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

18
113 132
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

19
112 83
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

20
91 76
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

21
72 48
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

22
88 49
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

23
80 76
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

24
50 67
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

25
67 51
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

26
58 66
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

27
41 23
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

28
53 80
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

29
43 27
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

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30
47 31
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

31
47 31
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie McGee Outfielder, Center fielder

32
49 21
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

33
36 48
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

34
22 12
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

35
31 51
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

36
32 39
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

37
46 62
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

38
26 19
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

39
39 76
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

40
42 57
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

41
34 26
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie Wilson Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

42
26 50
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

43
53 43
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

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44
34 41
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

45
35 48
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

46
45 41
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

47
35 62
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

48
41 37
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

49
22 18
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

50
30 32
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Adam Jones Center fielder