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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.

1
760 278
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

2
602 187
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

3
592 186
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

4
667 243
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
671 260
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
359 147
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
311 185
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
355 236
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

9
191 111
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

10
259 294
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

11
180 107
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

12
181 105
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

13
273 257
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

14
165 168
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
163 209
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
216 185
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
150 214
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

18
156 219
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

19
84 86
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

20
154 164
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

21
143 141
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

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119 131
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
89 47
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

24
119 99
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

25
66 30
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

26
70 59
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

27
102 122
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

28
54 66
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 Baseball Players of All Time

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75 108
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

30
89 95
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

31
72 114
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

32
73 61
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie McGee Outfielder, Center fielder

33
45 59
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

34
69 67
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

35
66 56
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

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79 49
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

37
48 42
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

38
60 89
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

39
58 82
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

40
80 60
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

41
46 70
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

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48 100
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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41 24
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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44 81
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

45
48 29
Bobby Murcer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Bobby Murcer Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

46
56 62
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

47
44 71
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

48
58 50
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

49
40 47
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

50
48 68
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