List of Major League Baseball career putouts as a center fielder leaders

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Willie Mays, the all-time leader in putouts by a center fielder.

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

A center fielder, abbreviated CF, is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field – the baseball fielding position between left field and right field. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the center fielder is assigned the number 8.

Willie Mays is the all-time leader in putouts as a center fielder with 7,029 career. Mays is the only center fielder to record more than 6,000 and 7,000 career putouts as a center fielder.

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Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2017 POs) Number of recorded putouts during the 2017 Major League Baseball season.
PO as CF Total career putouts as a center fielder.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Carlos Beltrán, the active leader and 23th all time in putouts by a center fielder.
  • Stats updated as of the 2017 season.
Rank Player (2017 POs) PO as CF
1 Willie Mays * 7,029
2 Richie Ashburn * 5,804
3 Tris Speaker * 5,409
4 Steve Finley 5,344
5 Willie Davis 5,279
6 Ken Griffey Jr. * 5,147
7 Doc Cramer 5,065
8 Brett Butler 4,947
9 Kenny Lofton 4,755
10 Amos Otis 4,743
11 Marquis Grissom 4,706
12 Mike Cameron 4,697
13 Bernie Williams 4,573
14 Lloyd Waner * 4,505
15 Andruw Jones 4,457
16 Devon White 4,413
17 Max Carey * 4,395
18 Garry Maddox 4,387
19 Edd Roush * 4,355
20 Jim Edmonds 4,343
21 Paul Blair 4,270
22 Joe DiMaggio * 4,194
23 Carlos Beltrán 4,135
24 Fred Lynn 4,093
25 Chet Lemon 4,081
26 Curt Flood 4,019
27 Mickey Mantle * 4,013
28 Ty Cobb * 4,012
29 Sam West 3,999
30 Torii Hunter 3,949
31 Kirby Puckett * 3,853
32 Vada Pinson 3,817
33 Bill Bruton 3,812
34 Earl Averill * 3,745
35 Adam Jones (331) 3,725
36 Duke Snider * 3,641
37 César Cedeño 3,636
38 Bill Virdon 3,629
39 Dom DiMaggio 3,583
40 Rick Manning 3,533
41 Willie Wilson 3,465
42 Dwayne Murphy 3,440
43 Larry Doby * 3,393
44 Cy Williams 3,385
45 Lance Johnson 3,379
46 Lloyd Moseby 3,349
47 Willie McGee 3,336
48 Jim Busby 3,264
49 Omar Moreno 3,253
50 Rick Monday 3,245
Rank Player (2017 POs) PO as CF
51 Johnny Damon 3,141
52 Vernon Wells 3,134
53 Jimmy Piersall 3,118
54 Lenny Dykstra 3,090
55 Brian McRae 3,084
56 Robin Yount * 3,056
57 Taylor Douthit 3,023
58 Mike Kreevich 2,989
59 Curtis Granderson (111) 2,985
60 Earle Combs * 2,973
61 Terry Moore 2,969
62 Mickey Rivers 2,967
63 Sam Chapman 2,948
64 Baby Doll Jacobson 2,944
65 Gary Pettis 2,940
66 Andrew McCutchen (270) 2,927
67 Dave Henderson 2,926
68 Hi Myers 2,837
69 Andre Dawson * 2,826
70 Ray Lankford 2,804
71 Andy Van Slyke 2,762
72 Coco Crisp (0) 2,760
73 Bill North 2,759
74 Melvin Upton Jr. (0) 2,758
75 Otis Nixon 2,751
76 Fred Schulte 2,750
77 Jim Landis 2,745
78 Juan Pierre 2,740
79 Carlos Gómez (229) 2,736
80 Aaron Rowand 2,729
81 Michael Bourn (0) 2,699
82 Del Unser 2,684
83 Mookie Wilson 2,682
84 Jimmy Wynn 2,667
85 Mickey Stanley 2,666
86 Vince DiMaggio 2,649
87 Denard Span (276) 2,632
88 Wally Berger 2,607
89 Bill Tuttle 2,600
90 Gorman Thomas 2,581
91 Jacoby Ellsbury (193) 2,575
92 Ruppert Jones 2,543
93 Bobby Thomson 2,519
94 César Gerónimo 2,505
95 Johnny Mostil 2,469
96 Al Bumbry 2,394
97 Mark Kotsay 2,389
98 Darren Lewis 2,380
99 Dale Murphy 2,370
100 Jerry Mumphrey 2,350

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  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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