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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
765 281
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Mays Center fielder

2
610 191
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

3
597 191
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Joe DiMaggio Center fielder

4
677 244
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
680 261
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
361 150
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Tris Speaker Outfielder, Center fielder

7
313 189
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Duke Snider Outfielder, Center fielder

8
360 239
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
192 115
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Richie Ashburn Outfielder, Center fielder

10
262 294
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Kirby Puckett Outfielder, Center fielder

11
180 110
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Hack Wilson Outfielder, Center fielder

12
182 108
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Hamilton Outfielder

13
274 259
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jim Edmonds First baseman, Center fielder

14
168 169
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
166 209
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
221 186
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
151 215
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Fred Lynn Outfielder, Center fielder

18
157 220
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Bernie Williams Outfielder, Center fielder

19
85 87
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Earl Averill Outfielder, Center fielder

20
156 165
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Torii Hunter Right fielder, Center fielder

21
144 142
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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22
121 132
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
90 49
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Dom DiMaggio Center fielder

24
119 102
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
67 32
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Earle Combs Outfielder

26
72 60
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Edd Roush Outfielder, Center fielder

27
104 123
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Vada Pinson Outfielder, Center fielder

28
55 68
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

29
77 108
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Larry Doby Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

30
74 115
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Willie Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

31
90 97
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Eric Davis Outfielder, Center fielder

32
73 62
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
51 42
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Ken Griffey, Sr. Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

34
46 60
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Max Carey Outfielder, Center fielder

35
71 67
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Curt Flood Outfielder, Center fielder

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36
81 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
66 57
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Andy Van Slyke Outfielder, Center fielder

38
60 90
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Brett Butler Center fielder

39
60 82
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Cedeño Outfielder, Center fielder

40
81 61
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Billy Williams Outfielder, Left fielder

41
50 101
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Amos Otis Outfielder, Center fielder

42
46 72
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Lenny Dykstra Center fielder

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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43 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

44
59 62
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Garry Maddox Outfielder, Center fielder

45
44 82
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Jimmy Wynn Outfielder, Center fielder

46
44 72
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
César Gerónimo Outfielder, Center fielder

47
48 31
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
59 51
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Paul Blair Outfielder, Center fielder

49
41 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 70
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