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.
list ordered by

1
1,198 274
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

2
909 216
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

3
999 428
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder

4
991 558
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

5
747 325
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

6
964 809
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder

7
689 148
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

8
662 146
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder

9
821 785
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

10
552 116
Earl Averill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

11
656 209
Richie Ashburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

12
365 59
Earle Combs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder

13
255 79
Edd Roush is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

14
298 544
Kirby Puckett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

15
343 474
Jim Edmonds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
First baseman, Center fielder

16
271 310
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

17
171 85
Hugh Duffy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

18
465 569
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
mkeith.peel added Outfielder, Center fielder

19
187 288
Fred Lynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

20
207 276
Andre Dawson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

21
182 282
Bernie Williams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

22
274 263
Andruw Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

23
161 70
Dom DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Center fielder

24
141 170
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

25
172 182
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder

26
174 209
Torii Hunter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Center fielder

27
97 72
Max Carey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

28
118 144
Vada Pinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

29
131 133
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

30
87 141
Larry Doby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Manager, Outfielder, Center fielder

31
78 139
Willie Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

32
100 118
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
wallje added Outfielder, Center fielder

33
69 106
Brett Butler is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Center fielder

34
57 113
Amos Otis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

35
91 86
Curt Flood is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

36
87 71
Andy Van Slyke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

37
69 95
César Cedeño is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

38
87 78
Willie McGee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

39
52 83
Lenny Dykstra is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Center fielder

40
58 62
Ken Griffey, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

41
49 90
Jimmy Wynn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

42
65 30
Lloyd Waner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

43
91 69
Billy Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

44
96 78
Cool Papa Bell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
joe-scott added

45
48 83
César Gerónimo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

46
63 73
Garry Maddox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

47
73 57
Paul Blair is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

48
45 64
Oscar Charleston is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

49
54 80
Johnny Damon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

50
57 36
Bobby Murcer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time
slaft added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder