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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706 215
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

2
673 225
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

3
808 366
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

4
723 311
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Mickey Mantle Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

5
720 336
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

6
437 167
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
389 210
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
274 127
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

9
241 122
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

10
233 118
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

11
394 302
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

12
274 351
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

13
294 314
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

14
131 92
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

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184 238
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

16
242 214
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andruw Jones Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

17
177 203
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

18
156 234
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

19
163 235
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

20
151 154
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

21
161 182
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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126 145
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

23
77 36
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

24
98 54
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

25
78 64
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

26
122 108
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

27
106 128
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

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59 69
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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78 111
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

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75 119
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

31
92 102
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

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49 61
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

33
74 70
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

34
74 66
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie McGee Outfielder, Center fielder

35
53 46
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

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83 51
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

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67 60
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

38
60 94
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

39
60 86
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

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50 103
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

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83 64
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

42
46 74
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

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44 26
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

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45 85
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

45
59 66
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

46
64 53
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

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45 76
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

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49 33
Bobby Murcer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Bobby Murcer Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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42 49
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie Wilson Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

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50 72
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder