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The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time 

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Updated December 27, 2019 41.8k votes 4.5k voters 46.6k views 174 items

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
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
2
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
3
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder
4
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder
5
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
6
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder
7
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder
8
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
9
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
10
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
11
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder
12
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder
13
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Center Fielder
14
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
15
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
16
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder
17
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
18
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
19
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Center fielder
20
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
21
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder
22
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
23
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added
24
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder
25
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Center fielder