Willie Mays, the all-time leader in putouts by a center fielder.
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[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in putouts as a center fielder with 7,024 career putouts. Mays is the only center fielder to record more than 7,000 career putouts as a center fielder.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 POs) Number of recorded putouts during the 2021 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

Andrew McCutchen, the active leader and 61st all-time in putouts by a center fielder
Andrew McCutchen, the active leader and 61st all-time in putouts by a center fielder
Rank Player (2021 POs) PO as CF
1 Willie Mays * 7,024
2 Tris Speaker * 6,757
3 Richie Ashburn * 5,803
4 Steve Finley 5,348
5 Willie Davis 5,279
6 Ty Cobb * 5,156
7 Ken Griffey Jr. * 5,147
8 Brett Butler 4,947
9 Kenny Lofton 4,758
10 Amos Otis 4,743
11 Marquis Grissom 4,706
12 Mike Cameron 4,700
13 Doc Cramer 4,661
14 Max Carey * 4,580
15 Bernie Williams 4,576
16 Andruw Jones 4,456
17 Devon White 4,413
18 Garry Maddox 4,387
19 Jim Edmonds 4,341
20 Edd Roush * 4,327
21 Paul Blair 4,270
22 Lloyd Waner * 4,225
23 Joe DiMaggio * 4,161
24 Carlos Beltrán 4,133
25 Fred Lynn 4,093
26 Chet Lemon 4,081
27 Curt Flood 4,019
28 Mickey Mantle * 4,016
29 Adam Jones 3,964
30 Torii Hunter 3,948
31 Kirby Puckett * 3,853
32 Vada Pinson 3,816
33 Bill Bruton 3,808
34 Earl Averill * 3,699
35 Duke Snider * 3,641
36 Bill Virdon 3,637
37 César Cedeño 3,636
38 Rick Manning 3,533
39 Clyde Milan 3,518
40 Dom DiMaggio 3,513
41 Willie Wilson 3,465
42 Dwayne Murphy 3,442
43 Sam West 3,412
44 Larry Doby * 3,393
45 Cy Williams 3,283
46 Lance Johnson 3,379
47 Dode Paskert 3,378
48 Lloyd Moseby 3,349
49 Willie McGee 3,336
50 Jim Busby 3,265
Rank Player (2021 POs) PO as CF
51 Omar Moreno 3,253
52 Rick Monday 3,246
53 Johnny Damon 3,144
54 Vernon Wells 3,132
55 Jimmy Piersall 3,121
56 Lenny Dykstra 3,090
57 Brian McRae 3,084
58 Robin Yount * 3,056
59 Curtis Granderson 2,989
60 Mickey Rivers 2,967
61 Andrew McCutchen (0) 2,954
62 Gary Pettis 2,940
63 Dave Henderson 2,926
64 Baby Doll Jacobson 2,911
65 Earle Combs * 2,898
66 Taylor Douthit 2,873
67 Sam Chapman 2,846
68 Andre Dawson * 2,826
69 Hi Myers 2,818
70 Ray Lankford 2,804
71 Carlos Gómez 2,781
72 Andy Van Slyke 2,762
73 Coco Crisp 2,761
74 Bill North 2,759
75 Melvin Upton Jr. 2,758
76 Otis Nixon 2,751
77 Jim Landis 2,745
78 Mike Kreevich 2,742
79 Juan Pierre 2,740
80 Mike Trout (53) 2,738
81 Aaron Rowand 2,729
82 Michael Bourn 2,699
83 Del Unser 2,684
84 Mookie Wilson 2,682
85 Jimmy Wynn 2,669
86 Mickey Stanley 2,666
87 Terry Moore 2,651
88 Denard Span 2,632
89 Bill Tuttle 2,600
90 Gorman Thomas 2,582
91 Jacoby Ellsbury 2,575
92 Ruppert Jones 2,543
93 Roy Thomas 2,526
94 Bobby Thomson 2,516
95 César Gerónimo 2,505
96 Fred Schulte 2,493
97 Vince DiMaggio 2,490
98 Lorenzo Cain (154) 2,486
99 Austin Jackson 2,432
100 Tommy Leach 2,397

Notes

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

References

  1. ^ "Willie Mays Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Saccoman, John. "Willie Mays Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  3. ^ "Willie Mays Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.