List of Major League Baseball career putouts as an outfielder leaders

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Willie Mays, the all time leader in putouts by an outfielder.

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.

An outfielder is a person playing in one of the three defensive positions in baseball, farthest from the batter. These defenders are the left fielder, the center fielder, and the right fielder. An outfielder's duty is to try to catch long fly balls before they hit the ground or to quickly catch or retrieve and return to the infield any other balls entering the outfield. Outfielders normally play behind the six other members of the defense who play in or near the infield. By convention, each of the nine defensive positions in baseball is numbered. The outfield positions are 7 (left field), 8 (center field) and 9 (right field). These numbers are shorthand designations useful in baseball scorekeeping and are not necessarily the same as the squad numbers worn on player uniforms.

Willie Mays is the all-time leader in putouts as an outfielder with 7,095 career. Mays is the only outfielder to record more than 7,000 career putouts. Tris Speaker (6,788), Rickey Henderson (6,468), Max Carey (6,363), Ty Cobb (6,361), and Richie Ashburn (6,089) are the only other outfielders to record more than 6,000 career putouts.

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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 OF Total career putouts as an outfielder.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List[edit]

Carlos Beltrán, the active leader and 16th all time in putouts by an outfielder.
  • Stats updated as of the 2017 season.
Rank Player (2017 POs) PO as OF
1 Willie Mays * 7,095
2 Tris Speaker * 6,788
3 Rickey Henderson * 6,468
4 Max Carey * 6,363
5 Ty Cobb * 6,361
6 Richie Ashburn * 6,089
7 Steve Finley 5,664
8 Barry Bonds 5,637
9 Ken Griffey Jr. * 5,606
10 Hank Aaron * 5,539
11 Willie Davis 5,449
12 Doc Cramer 5,412
13 Brett Butler 5,296
14 Torii Hunter 5,263
15 Andre Dawson * 5,158
16 Carlos Beltrán (11) 5,155
17 Vada Pinson 5,097
18 Willie Wilson 5,060
19 Al Kaline * 5,035
20 Ichiro Suzuki (64) 4,998
21 Zack Wheat * 4,996
22 Chet Lemon 4,993
23 Al Simmons * 4,988
24 Dave Winfield * 4,975
25 Mike Cameron 4,954
Andruw Jones 4,954
27 Amos Otis 4,936
28 Marquis Grissom 4,880
29 Paul Waner * 4,872
30 Lloyd Waner * 4,860
31 Kenny Lofton 4,856
32 Fred Clarke * 4,795
33 Goose Goslin * 4,792
34 Sam Rice * 4,774
35 Devon White 4,739
36 Johnny Damon 4,717
37 Bernie Williams 4,710
38 Roberto Clemente * 4,696
39 Fred Lynn 4,556
40 Edd Roush * 4,537
41 Jim Edmonds 4,536
42 Sammy Sosa 4,522
43 Joe DiMaggio * 4,516
44 Tony Gwynn * 4,512
45 Mel Ott * 4,511
46 Luis Gonzalez 4,482
47 Garry Maddox 4,449
48 Babe Ruth * 4,444
49 Mickey Mantle * 4,438
50 Lou Brock * 4,394
Rank Player (2017 POs) PO as OF
51 Kirby Puckett * 4,392
52 José Cruz 4,391
53 Dwight Evans 4,371
54 Paul Blair 4,343
55 Sam West 4,300
56 Willie McGee 4,260
57 Jimmy Sheckard 4,203
58 Tim Raines * 4,201
59 Cy Williams 4,180
60 Ted Williams * 4,158
61 César Cedeño 4,131
62 Duke Snider * 4,099
63 Clyde Milan 4,095
64 Reggie Jackson * 4,062
65 Garret Anderson 4,057
66 Dale Murphy 4,053
67 Kiki Cuyler * 4,034
68 Curt Flood 4,021
69 Bob Johnson 4,003
70 Wally Moses 4,000
71 Joe Medwick * 3,994
72 Harry Hooper * 3,981
73 Frank Robinson * 3,978
74 Earl Averill * 3,968
75 Dummy Hoy 3,964
76 Jesse Burkett * 3,961
77 Bobby Abreu 3,952
78 Carl Yastrzemski * 3,941
79 Enos Slaughter * 3,925
80 Curtis Granderson (209) 3,921
81 George Burns 3,918
82 Jimmy Wynn 3,912
83 Bill Bruton 3,905
84 Juan Pierre 3,879
85 Dom DiMaggio 3,859
86 Jimmy Piersall 3,851
87 Heinie Manush * 3,841
88 Rick Manning 3,831
89 George Foster 3,809
90 Sherry Magee 3,800
91 Dave Parker 3,791
92 Bill Virdon 3,777
93 Lloyd Moseby 3,765
94 Adam Jones (331) 3,754
Bobby Veach 3,754
96 George Hendrick 3,751
97 Dode Paskert 3,734
98 Stan Musial * 3,730
99 Vernon Wells 3,726
100 Paul O'Neill 3,724

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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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