List of Major League Baseball career putouts as an outfielder leaders
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 is the all-time leader in putouts as an outfielder with 7,095 career. Mays is the only outfielder to record more than 7,000 career putouts. Tris Speaker (6,788), Rickey Henderson (6,468), Max Carey (6,363), Ty Cobb (6,361), and Richie Ashburn (6,089) are the only other outfielders to record more than 6,000 career putouts.
|Rank||Rank amongst leaders in career putouts. A blank field indicates a tie.|
|Player (2018 POs)||Number of recorded putouts during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.|
|PO as OF||Total career putouts as an outfielder.|
|*||denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame. |
|Bold||denotes active player.[a]|
- Stats updated as of September 16, 2018.
|Rank||Player (2018 POs)||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|
|9||Ken Griffey Jr. *||5,606|
|10||Hank Aaron *||5,539|
|16||Andre Dawson *||5,146|
|19||Al Kaline *||5,035|
|20||Ichiro Suzuki (21)||5,019|
|21||Zack Wheat *||4,996|
|22||Al Simmons *||4,988|
|24||Dave Winfield *||4,975|
|29||Paul Waner *||4,872|
|30||Lloyd Waner *||4,860|
|32||Fred Clarke *||4,795|
|33||Goose Goslin *||4,792|
|34||Sam Rice *||4,774|
|38||Roberto Clemente *||4,696|
|40||Edd Roush *||4,537|
|43||Joe DiMaggio *||4,516|
|44||Mel Ott *||4,511|
|45||Tony Gwynn *||4,497|
|47||Babe Ruth *||4,444|
|48||Mickey Mantle *||4,438|
|50||Kirby Puckett *||4,402|
- A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.