Willie Mays, the all-time leader in games played as a center fielder
Willie Mays, the all-time leader in games played as a center fielder

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

A center fielder (CF) is the outfielder in baseball who plays defense in center field – the baseball and softball 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[2][3][4] is all-time leader in games played as a center fielder with 2,829 games played in his career. Tris Speaker[5] (2,691), Steve Finley[6] (2,314), Willie Davis[7] (2,239), Ty Cobb[8] (2,194), Ken Griffey Jr.[9] (2,145), and Doc Cramer[10] (2,027) are the only other center fielders to play in over 2,000 games in their careers.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 Gs) Number of games played during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
G as CF Total career games played as a center fielder.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Rickey Henderson, 2nd all-time in games played as a left fielder
Rickey Henderson, 2nd all-time in games played as a left fielder
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as CF
1 Willie Mays * 2,829
2 Tris Speaker * 2,691
3 Steve Finley 2,314
4 Willie Davis 2,239
5 Ty Cobb * 2,194
6 Ken Griffey Jr. * 2,145
7 Doc Cramer 2,027
8 Brett Butler 1,987
9 Kenny Lofton 1,984
10 Richie Ashburn * 1,980
11 Marquis Grissom 1,967
12 Bernie Williams 1,856
13 Amos Otis 1,825
14 Paul Blair 1,802
15 Mike Cameron 1,787
16 Jim Edmonds 1,768
17 Edd Roush * 1,754
18 Mickey Mantle * 1,742
19 Andruw Jones 1,724
20 Devon White 1,722
21 Curt Flood 1,692
22 Vada Pinson 1,680
23 Lloyd Waner * 1,660
24 Garry Maddox 1,658
25 Joe DiMaggio * 1,634
26 Clyde Milan 1,631
27 Max Carey * 1,624
28 Adam Jones 1,590
29 Duke Snider * 1,589
30 Fred Lynn 1,584
31 Carlos Beltrán 1,572
32 Bill Bruton 1,548
33 Torii Hunter 1,523
34 Bill Virdon 1,506
35 Rick Monday 1,489
36 Earl Averill * 1,476
37 Chet Lemon 1,470
38 Dode Paskert 1,458
39 Cesar Cedeno 1,457
40 Sam West 1,446
41 Kirby Puckett * 1,432
42 Cy Williams 1,372
43 Vernon Wells 1,369
44 Willie Wilson 1,357
45 Willie McGee 1,351
46 Larry Doby * 1,342
47 Dom DiMaggio 1,337
48 Andrew McCutchen (0) 1,329
49 Lance Johnson 1,327
50 Lloyd Moseby 1,325
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as CF
51 Rick Manning 1,317
52 Brian McRae 1,307
53 Johnny Damon 1,298
54 Jim Busby 1,265
55 Curtis Granderson 1,254
56 Omar Moreno 1,221
57 Jimmy Piersall 1,212
58 Lenny Dykstra 1,211
59 Juan Pierre 1,193
60 Carlos Gómez 1,193
61 Terry Moore 1,191
62 Jimmy Wynn 1,185
63 Dwayne Murphy 1,182
64 Mickey Stanley 1,175
65 Dexter Fowler (0) 1,170
66 Michael Bourn 1,159
B.J. Upton 1,159
68 Coco Crisp 1,158
69 Earle Combs * 1,157
Dave Henderson 1,157
71 Aaron Rowand 1,155
72 Ginger Beaumont 1,150
Hi Myers 1,150
Robin Yount * 1,150
75 Bill Tuttle 1,146
76 Mickey Rivers 1,144
77 Ray Lankford 1,138
78 Otis Nixon 1,137
79 Mike Trout (36) 1,130
80 Jim Landis 1,128
81 Gary Pettis 1,125
82 Andy Van Slyke 1,119
83 Del Unser 1,117
84 Jacoby Ellsbury 1,105
85 Mike Kreevich 1,096
86 Baby Doll Jacobson 1,095
87 Roy Thomas 1,082
88 Cesar Geronimo 1,079
89 Sam Chapman 1,076
Cy Seymour 1,076
91 Vince DiMaggio 1,070
Denard Span 1,070
93 Mookie Wilson 1,067
94 Ellis Burks 1,061
95 Dale Murphy 1,041
96 Darren Lewis 1,032
97 Andre Dawson * 1,027
98 Fielder Jones 1,026
99 Billy North 1,023
100 Austin Jackson 1,019

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ Section 20 of the official scorer guidelines
  2. ^ "Willie Mays Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  3. ^ Saccoman, John. "Willie Mays Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Willie Mays Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.
  5. ^ "Tris Speaker Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Steve Finley Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Willie Davis Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ty Cobb Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Ken Griffey Jr. Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  10. ^ "Doc Cramer Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.