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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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1
619 141
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

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2
496 147
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Mickey Mantle Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

3
436 122
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

4
497 152
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Jr. Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

5
423 118
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

6
242 99
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
210 116
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
201 190
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

9
230 120
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Mike Trout Outfielder, Center fielder

10
210 166
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

11
124 82
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andre Dawson Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

12
151 92
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Andruw Jones Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

13
94 76
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

14
122 132
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

15
117 135
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

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16
116 133
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
98 80
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

18
103 67
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kenny Lofton Center fielder

19
94 79
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

20
79 51
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Carlos Beltrán Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

21
115 89
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

22
93 54
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andrew McCutchen Outfielder, Center fielder

23
84 79
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

24
51 69
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

25
70 53
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

26
59 69
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

27
44 26
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

28
51 33
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

29
50 33
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie McGee Outfielder, Center fielder

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26 15
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

31
54 82
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

32
45 30
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

33
53 23
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added Cool Papa Bell

34
28 19
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

35
38 48
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

36
47 64
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

37
32 52
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hugh Duffy Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

38
32 42
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

39
44 59
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

40
39 78
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

41
35 27
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Willie Wilson Outfielder, Left fielder, Center fielder

42
54 43
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

43
45 42
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

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26 51
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

45
37 48
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

46
34 43
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Johnny Damon Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

47
43 37
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

48
35 62
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

49
22 18
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lloyd Waner Outfielder, Center fielder

50
30 34
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Adam Jones Center fielder