Barry Bonds, the all-time leader in games played as a left fielder
Barry Bonds, the all-time leader in games played as a left 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 left fielder (LF) is an outfielder who plays defense in left field. Left field is the area of the outfield to the left of a person standing at home plate and facing towards the pitcher's mound. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the left fielder is assigned the number 7.

Barry Bonds[2][3] is all-time leader in games played as a left fielder with 2,715 games played in his career. Rickey Henderson[4] (2,421), Luis Gonzalez[5] (2,418), Zack Wheat[6] (2,328), and Lou Brock[7] (2,161) are the only other left 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 LF Total career games played as a left 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 LF
1 Barry Bonds 2,715
2 Rickey Henderson * 2,421
3 Luis Gonzalez 2,418
4 Zack Wheat * 2,328
5 Lou Brock * 2,161
6 Ted Williams * 1,982
7 Tim Raines * 1,961
8 Goose Goslin * 1,946
9 Carl Yastrzemski * 1,912
10 Joe Medwick * 1,790
11 Carlos Lee 1,770
12 Billy Williams * 1,738
13 Matt Holliday 1,711
14 Bobby Veach 1,677
15 Jimmy Sheckard 1,669
16 Sherry Magee 1,603
17 Carl Crawford 1,595
18 Bob Johnson 1,586
19 George Foster 1,549
20 Roy White 1,521
21 Minnie Miñoso 1,509
22 Jim Rice * 1,503
23 Raul Ibanez 1,467
24 Gary Matthews 1,446
25 Duffy Lewis 1,414
26 José Cruz 1,407
27 Charlie Jamieson 1,393
28 Garrett Anderson 1,387
29 Heinie Manush * 1,381
30 Al Simmons * 1,372
31 Alex Gordon 1,361
32 Pat Burrell 1,327
33 Fred Clarke * 1,322
34 Ralph Kiner * 1,307
35 Del Ennis 1,290
36 Joe Vosmik 1,278
37 Greg Vaughn 1,262
38 Lonnie Smith 1,258
39 Jo-Jo Moore 1,248
40 Moisés Alou 1,242
Ryan Braun 1,242
42 Willie Stargell * 1,229
43 Greg Luzinski 1,221
44 George Burns 1,215
45 Jason Bay 1,208
Gene Woodling 1,208
47 Topsy Hartsel 1,202
48 Ron Gant 1,184
49 Patsy Dougherty 1,180
50 Jack Graney 1,172
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as LF
51 Joe Rudi 1,158
52 Vince Coleman 1,153
Shannon Stewart 1,153
54 Ken Williams 1,133
55 Jeff Heath 1,127
Lou Piniella 1,127
57 Mike Greenwell 1,124
58 George Bell 1,123
59 Willie Horton 1,112
60 Bibb Falk 1,110
61 Tommy Davis 1,103
62 Ben Oglivie 1,100
63 Dusty Baker 1,091
64 Cliff Floyd 1,084
65 Kevin McReynolds 1,069
66 Alfonso Soriano 1,056
67 Bob Bescher 1,053
68 Babe Ruth * 1,047
69 Brett Gardner (33) 1,042
70 Manny Ramirez 1,037
71 Hank Sauer 1,029
72 Leon Wagner 1,027
73 Melky Cabrera 1,023
Adam Dunn 1,023
Justin Upton (87) 1,023
76 Albert Belle 1,017
77 Irish Meusel 1,016
78 Gus Zernial 1,005
79 Augie Galan 1,000
80 Bernard Gilkey 996
81 Al Martin 996
82 Alex Johnson 996
83 Stan Musial * 929
84 Luis Polonia 927
85 Steve Kemp 925
86 Frank Howard 923
87 Geoff Jenkins 910
88 Josh Willingham 906
89 B.J. Surhoff 904
90 Jeffrey Leonard 896
91 Michael Brantley (83) 894
92 Bob Skinner 893
93 Carson Bigbee 890
94 Riggs Stephenson 885
95 Dale Mitchell 880
96 Charlie Keller 874
97 Ralph Garr 863
98 Matty McIntyre 861
99 Phil Bradley 856
Steve Henderson 856

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. ^ "Barry Bonds Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  3. ^ West, Steve. "Barry Bonds Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Rickey Henderson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  5. ^ "Luis Gonzalez Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Zack Wheat Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Lou Brock Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 23, 2021.