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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.
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
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder
5
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
6
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder
7
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
8
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder
9
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
10
Richie Ashburn 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
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
14
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Outfielder
15
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder
16
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
17
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
First baseman, Center fielder
18
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
19
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
20
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Center fielder
21
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, 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
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder
24
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
25
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Center fielder