Best center fielders of all time
Best centre fielders of all time, Carlos Beltrán was expected to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame after the Houston Astros won the World Series in 2017.
On par with the average Hall of Fame center fielder, Beltrán is a nine-time All-Star. With the Kansas City Royals in 1999, he was named the American League Rookie of the Year and went on to earn three Gold Glove Awards with the New York Mets over his six and a half seasons. Beltran spent the second half of the 2004 season with the Astros when he hit.435 with eight home runs and 14 RBIs in one of the most impressive postseason runs in MLB history between his two stints with the team.
1. Willie Mays
Mays hit.302, slugged 660 home runs and earned 12 Gold Glove Awards in 22 seasons in the major leagues. The most famous catch in Major League Baseball history was made by a guy who also led the league in stolen bases four times, making him the most complete player in the sport’s history. Mays was a four-time All-Star and a 24-time All-Star team member after winning the Rookie of the Year, MVP, and batting title awards. As a player, Mays accomplished so much that you wouldn’t realize he had to contend with bigotry as one of the sport’s first black heroes.
2. Ty Cobb
In spite of the fact that players in Cobb’s era didn’t hit home runs at the same rate as those in today’s game, the “Georgia Peach” nonetheless managed to drive in more runs over his storied career than any other member of the 500-home run club save for Jimmie Foxx and Eddie Murray. Cobb’s MLB-record hitting average of.366 suggests he might have succeeded in any period, but we’ll never know for sure.
3. Tris Speaker
The Boston Red Sox allowed Babe Ruth to leave the team, but sending Speaker to the Cleveland Indians after the 1915 season due to a wage dispute is one of the worst deals in MLB history. The following season, Speaker managed only a.386 batting average. When the.345 career hitter was inducted into Cooperstown’s Hall of Fame in 1937, he did so as an Indian, as he spent his entire 11-year major league career in Cleveland. During the 1914 and 1915 seasons in Boston, Speaker shared the field with a young Babe Ruth.
4. Mickey Mantle
Mantle was an all-time great baseball player. Only Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were more valuable than Mickey Mantle in terms of fWAR between 1950 and 1999. In 1956, “The Mick” won the Triple Crown, making him one of baseball’s all-time great offensive performers. It was the only batting title Mantle ever won, but he led the league in runs scored, total bases, home runs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, and OPS+ three or more times in his career..
5. Mike Trout
Even if he didn’t play another game, Mike Trout’s career stats already qualify him for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Trout has three American League MVP Awards and three runner-up finishes in his first eight full seasons.
Despite only appearing in 114 games, he finished fourth in the voting for the American League MVP Award in 2017, his lowest finish in the award voting during his first eight seasons. Trout was only able to play 36 games in 2021, which you hope isn’t the beginning of a downward spiral for the player’s career. Trout has cemented his status as one of baseball’s all-time great center fielders, no matter what the future brings.
6. Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr. was the second-most valuable offensive player in the 1990s, behind only Barry Bonds, and one of the most beloved players in MLB history. Between 1993 and 2000, Griffey Jr. averaged more than 43 home runs every season, despite playing just 72 games in 1995. Injury setbacks limited Griffey Jr. to just 554 of his possible 972 games from 2001 to 2006.
In other words, you have a sense that his career could have been even better. If he had better health during that period, he might have been able to break the all-time record for home runs. Even yet, “The Kid” remains seventh in MLB history with 630 career home runs, making him one of the most dominant offensive players that the sport has ever seen.