Willie Mays, the all-time leader in putouts by an outfielder.
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 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[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in putouts as an outfielder with 7,095 career putouts. Mays is the only outfielder to record more than 7,000 career putouts. Tris Speaker[4] (6,788), Rickey Henderson[5] (6,468), Max Carey[6] (6,363), Ty Cobb[7] (6,361), and Richie Ashburn[8] (6,089) are the only other outfielders to record more than 6,000 career putouts.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of player.
PO as OF Total career putouts as an outfielder.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

List

Ty Cobb, 5th all-time in putouts by an outfielder.
Ty Cobb, 5th all-time in putouts by an outfielder.
Rank Player 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 Carlos Beltrán 5,154
16 Andre Dawson * 5,146
17 Vada Pinson 5,104
18 Willie Wilson 5,067
19 Al Kaline * 5,035
20 Ichiro Suzuki 5,022
21 Zack Wheat * 4,996
22 Al Simmons * 4,988
23 Chet Lemon 4,983
24 Dave Winfield * 4,975
25 Andruw Jones 4,958
26 Mike Cameron 4,951
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 Mel Ott * 4,511
45 Tony Gwynn * 4,497
46 Luis Gonzalez 4,482
47 Babe Ruth * 4,444
48 Mickey Mantle * 4,438
49 Garry Maddox 4,436
50 Kirby Puckett * 4,402
Rank Player PO as OF
51 José Cruz 4,398
52 Lou Brock * 4,392
53 Dwight Evans 4,371
54 Paul Blair 4,342
55 Sam West 4,300
56 Adam Jones 4,272
57 Willie McGee 4,260
58 Jimmy Sheckard 4,203
59 Tim Raines * 4,201
60 Curtis Granderson 4,183
61 Cy Williams 4,180
62 Ted Williams * 4,158
63 César Cedeño 4,131
64 Nick Markakis 4,129
65 Duke Snider * 4,099
66 Clyde Milan 4,095
67 Reggie Jackson * 4,062
68 Garret Anderson 4,057
69 Dale Murphy 4,053
70 Kiki Cuyler * 4,034
71 Curt Flood 4,021
72 Bob Johnson 4,003
73 Wally Moses 4,000
74 Joe Medwick * 3,994
75 Harry Hooper * 3,981
76 Frank Robinson * 3,978
77 Earl Averill * 3,968
78 Dummy Hoy 3,964
79 Jesse Burkett * 3,961
80 Bobby Abreu 3,952
81 Carl Yastrzemski * 3,949
82 Enos Slaughter * 3,925
83 George Burns 3,918
84 Jimmy Wynn 3,912
85 Bill Bruton 3,905
86 Juan Pierre 3,879
87 Dom DiMaggio 3,859
88 Jimmy Piersall 3,851
89 Heinie Manush * 3,841
90 Rick Manning 3,836
91 George Foster 3,809
92 Sherry Magee 3,800
93 Dave Parker 3,785
94 Bill Virdon 3,777
95 Lloyd Moseby 3,760
96 Bobby Veach 3,754
97 George Hendrick 3,751
98 Dode Paskert 3,734
99 Stan Musial * 3,730
100 Vernon Wells 3,726

Notes

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.
  4. ^ "Tris Speaker Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "Rickey Henderson Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  6. ^ "Max Carey Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  7. ^ "Ty Cobb Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  8. ^ "Richie Ashburn Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 28, 2021.