baseball The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time  

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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.
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+ - 582 135
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
+ - 474 137
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
+ - 471 137
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
+ - 413 113
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

5
+ - 402 109
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

6
+ - 225 91
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
+ - 200 107
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
+ - 192 173
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

9
+ - 212 109
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

10
+ - 201 153
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

11
+ - 113 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
+ - 139 82
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
+ - 91 71
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

14
+ - 113 124
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

15
+ - 112 126
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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16
+ - 100 62
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

17
+ - 93 75
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

18
+ - 91 75
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

19
+ - 110 132
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

20
+ - 109 83
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

21
+ - 70 48
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
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
Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

23
+ - 79 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
Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

26
+ - 57 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
Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

28
+ - 43 27
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

29
+ - 52 80
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

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30
+ - 46 31
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

31
+ - 46 31
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie McGee Outfielder, Center fielder

32
+ - 48 21
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

33
+ - 35 48
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

34
+ - 32 39
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

35
+ - 21 12
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

36
+ - 46 62
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

37
+ - 30 51
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

38
+ - 25 19
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
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
+ - 33 26
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
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
+ - 52 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
Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

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

46
+ - 35 48
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo 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
+ - 22 18
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

49
+ - 40 37
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

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