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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.
list ordered by

1
723 224
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

2
552 164
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

3
539 164
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

4
611 216
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
622 220
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
312 133
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
276 164
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
318 193
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
245 258
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

10
254 234
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

11
158 104
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

12
149 102
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

13
147 97
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

14
157 143
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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15
210 155
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andruw Jones Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

16
148 184
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

17
140 186
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

18
145 186
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

19
135 113
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

20
146 137
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

21
108 103
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

The Best Hitters in Baseball History

22
74 81
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

23
114 91
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

24
57 27
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

25
74 42
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

26
96 111
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

27
62 55
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

28
72 99
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

29
47 60
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

30
83 85
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
67 108
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

32
68 55
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
64 60
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
58 83
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

35
42 34
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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36
60 51
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

37
72 44
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

38
39 58
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

39
53 78
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

40
41 65
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

41
73 57
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

42
43 95
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

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43
55 55
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

44
42 62
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

45
42 77
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

46
36 21
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

47
41 25
Bobby Murcer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Bobby Murcer Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

48
54 47
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

49
38 44
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
43 64
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