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.

1
870 233
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

2
795 265
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

3
799 396
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Mickey Mantle Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

4
587 171
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

5
848 512
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

6
745 482
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

7
532 217
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
415 136
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

9
384 126
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

10
365 123
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

11
265 96
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

12
281 422
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

13
312 374
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

14
409 427
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

15
212 251
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
123 40
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

17
185 216
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
251 232
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andruw Jones Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

19
163 243
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

20
112 68
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

21
168 246
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

22
157 158
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

23
132 150
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

24
165 185
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

25
83 72
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

26
108 59
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

27
125 112
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

28
110 131
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

29
68 62
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

30
80 124
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

31
75 125
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

32
95 107
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

33
81 75
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
79 70
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
63 97
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

36
64 88
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

37
52 105
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

38
71 64
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

39
53 51
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

40
86 59
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

41
47 77
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

42
85 65
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

43
46 87
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

44
48 28
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

45
46 78
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

46
60 68
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

47
65 55
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

48
42 51
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie Wilson Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

49
51 75
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

50
50 35
Bobby Murcer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Bobby Murcer Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder