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25 Greatest Outfielders in Major League Baseball History

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Picking the top 25 outfielders in Major League Baseball history is a very difficult task because there are so many great players to choose from. In terms of career Wins Above Replacement (WAR), six of the top nine players in big league history played the majority of their careers in the outfield, including five of the top seven – and each of the top six spots among position players. Outfielders hold the top spot on the MLB leaderboards in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, runs scored, home runs, runs batted in, doubles, triples and stolen bases. That’s pretty much every major offensive statistic.

In ranking the top 25, many great players were left off the list including Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Jim Rice, Al Simmons, Duke Snider, Dave Winfield, Lou Brock and others. Modern stars such as Larry Walker, Carlos Beltran and Kenny Lofton all posted a career WAR of 68.2 or higher (which rank among the top 80 all-time among position players), but were beat out by players with more power, speed or who posted better raw hitting statistics. Some players didn’t spend enough time in the outfield, or because they split time in the infield didn’t receive as high a ranking as one would expect. Robin Yount, for example, posted 77.0 WAR, but played the majority of his games (1,479 of 2,709) at shortstop, and therefore was left off our list entirely.

Things only got tougher when it came time to rank each player from 1-25. How can we compare different eras – and specifically, what should be done about players in the steroid era? Baseball-Reference.com’s WAR calculations were very helpful, and played a big part in making some of the toughest decisions, especially in the top 10. However, criteria for this list also included major awards, World Series titles and of course, those aforementioned statistics.

Nevertheless, with that difficult task accepted, we present the 25 greatest outfielders in baseball history.

25. Tim Raines

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Montreal Expos, 1979-90, 2001; Chicago White Sox, 1991-95; New York Yankees, 1996-98; Oakland A’s, 1999; Baltimore Orioles, 2001; Florida Marlins, 2002
7-time All-Star
1999 World Series Champion (Yankees)
|Key stats: .294/.385/.425, 170 HR, 981 RBI, 2,605 H, 1,571 R; 808 SB
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2017

A prototypical leadoff hitter thanks to his blazing speed and ability to get on base, Raines is a part of the incoming class of inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame. No player in baseball history was more efficient on the base paths than the man known as “Rock.” He was successful in 808 of the 954 stolen base attempts in his career – an incredible 84.7 percent – and led the National League in steals in each of his first four full big league seasons. More than just a speed demon, Raines posted a 69.1 career WAR. He won the 1986 batting title with a .334 average (one of eight seasons in which he hit at least .300) and also led the league with a .413 on-base percentage.

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24. Shoeless Joe Jackson

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Philadelphia Athletics, 1908-09; Cleveland Indians, 1910-14; Chicago White Sox, 1915-20
1917 World Series champion (White Sox)
Key statistics: .356/.423/.517, 1,772 hits, 873 runs, 54 home runs, 786 RBIs

If not for the infamous 1919 Black Sox Scandal that resulted in his banishment from baseball following the 1920 season, Shoeless Joe would have ranked much higher on this list. Jackson hit .356/.423/.517 in 13 seasons, which puts him third in history in batting average, No. 17 in on-base percentage and No. 64 in slugging. A world champion with the White Sox in 1917, Jackson hit .375/.394/.565 in the 1919 Fall Classic, with 12 hits, six RBIs and the series’ only home run. However, his big league career ended at age 32.

23. Manny Ramirez

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Cleveland Indians, 1993-2000; Boston Red Sox, 2001-08; Los Angeles Dodgers, 2008-10; Chicago White Sox, 2010; Tampa Bay Rays, 2011
12-time All-Star; 9-time Silver Slugger
2004, ’07 World Series champion (Red Sox)
2004 World Series MVP
Key stats: .312/.411/.585, 2,574 hits, 1,544 runs, 555 home runs, 1,831 RBIs

One of the greatest sluggers of the last quarter century, Ramirez ranks No. 8 in baseball history with a .585 slugging percentage, No. 15 with 555 home runs and 1,122 extra-base hits, No. 18 in RBIs (1,831), and posted a career Offensive WAR of 81.2, which is the 32nd best mark all-time. Ramirez also helped the Boston Red Sox snap a legendary World Series championship drought in 2004 with an MVP performance in which he hit .412/.500/.588 with a home run.

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22. Paul Waner

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Pittsburgh Pirates, 1926-40; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1941, ‘43-44; Boston Braves, 1941-42; New York Yankees, 1944-45
4-time All-Star
1927 NL MVP
Key stats: .333/.404/.473, 3,152 hits, 1,627 runs, 113 home runs, 1,309 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1952

One of the most underrated hitters ever, Waner ranks 17th with 3,152 career hits, No. 26 all-time with a .333 batting average and No. 55 among position players with 72.8 WAR. Unfortunately, Waner played in just one postseason during his 20-year career. The 1927 NL MVP led the Pirates to the World Series that season, where the New York Yankees swept them.

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21. Pete Rose

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Cincinnati Reds, 1963-78, ‘84-86; Philadelphia Phillies, 1979-83; Montreal Expos, 1984
17-time All-Star; 1981 Silver Slugger
2-time Gold Glove recipient
1975-76 (Reds) and ’80 (Phillies) World Series champion
1963 NL Rookie of the Year
1973 NL MVP
1975 World Series MVP
Key stats: .303/.375/.409, 4,256 hits, 2,165 runs, 160 home runs, 1,314 RBIs

If he had been primarily an outfielder his entire career, Rose would likely rank higher on this list. After all, with 4,256 career hits, Rose is baseball’s all-time hit king. However, Rose is the only player in MLB history to start more than 500 games at five different positions, which includes 905 games at first base, 627 at third and 600 at second. In addition to hits, Rose also is MLB’s all-time leader in games played (3,562), plate appearances (15,890), at bats (14,053), and singles (3,215) – as well as outs made (10,328).

20. Tony Gwynn

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San Diego Padres, 1982-2001
15-time All-Star; 7-time Silver Slugger
5-time Gold Glove recipient
Key stats: .338/.388/.459, 3,141 hits, 1,383 runs, 135 home runs, 1,138 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2007

Arguably the best pure hitter since Ted Williams, Gwynn ranks No. 19 all-time with 3,141 hits and No. 20 with a .338 career batting average. Gwynn spent all 20 seasons with the Padres, during which time he won eight NL batting titles, including a .394 mark in the strike-shortened 1994 season that made him the biggest threat to break .400 since Williams’ .406 clip in 1941.

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19. Reggie Jackson

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Kansas City Athletics, 1967; Oakland Athletics, 1968-75, ‘87; Baltimore Orioles, 1976; New York Yankees, 1977-81; California Angels, 1982-86
14-time All-Star; 2-time Silver Slugger
1972-73, (A’s), ’77-78 (Yankees) World Series champion
1973 AL MVP;
1973 (A’s), ’77 (Yankees) World Series MVP
Key stats: .262/.356/.490, 2,584 hits, 1,551 runs, 563 home runs, 1,702 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1993

Jackson ranks No. 13 on the all-time leaderboard with 563 home runs, which doesn’t take into account the 18 he hit in the postseason – including the 10 World Series home runs (five in 1977 alone) that helped Jackson earn the nickname “Mr. October.” Jackson won four World Series rings, and was named World Series MVP in 1973 (when he also was the AL MVP) and ‘77.

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18. Sam Crawford

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Cincinnati Reds, 1899-1902; Detroit Tigers, 1903-17
Key stats: .309/.362/.452, 2,961 hits, 1,391 runs, 97 home runs, 1,525 RBIs, 309 stolen bases
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1957

Crawford was one of the most feared hitters in the American League in the early 20th century, and teamed with Ty Cobb to give the Detroit Tigers one of the league’s most dynamic duos. Crawford holds the MLB record for triples with 309, having led all of baseball in the category in five separate seasons and collected double-digit triples every season from 1900-16. Crawford also led the NL in home runs in 1901, and led the AL in RBIs three times, including a career high 120 in 1910.

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17. Al Kaline

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Detroit Tigers, 1953-74
15-time All-Star
10-time Gold Glove recipient
1968 World Series champion
Key stats: .297/.376/.480, 3,007 hits, 1,622 runs, 399 home runs, 1,582 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1980

One of the greatest players never to win an MVP Award, Kaline came close in 1955 when he won the AL batting title with a .340 average and led the league with 200 hits and 321 total bases to finish as the runner-up to Yogi Berra. Kaline ranks No. 28 all-time among position players with 92.5 WAR, and also ranks No. 28 with 3,007 career hits. A 10-time Gold Glove right fielder, Kaline helped the Tigers defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games to win the 1968 World Series.

16. Carl Yastrzemski

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Boston Red Sox, 1961-83
18-time All-Star
7-time Gold Glove recipient
1967 AL MVP
Key stats: .285/.379/.462, 452 HR, 1,844 RBI, 3,419 H, 1,816 R
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1989


One of the most iconic figures in Boston Red Sox history, Yastrzemski played his entire 23-year career with the club and is the franchise record holder in several offensive categories including hits (3,419, which ranks ninth all-time), RBIs (1,844, No. 13), runs scored (1,816, No. 18) and ranks second only to Ted Williams in home runs (452, No. 37). Yaz helped the Red Sox win the AL pennant in 1967 and ‘75, but Boston lost in the World Series both years in a heartbreaking seven games.

15. Stan Musial

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St. Louis Cardinals, 1941-63
20-time All-Star
1942, ‘44, ‘46 World Series champion
1943, ‘46, ‘48 NL MVP
Key stats: .331/.417/.559, 3,630hits, 1,949 runs, 475 home runs, 1,951 RBIs

Like Pete Rose, it’s difficult to place Musial on this list because he spent a large percentage of his playing time at another position. Musial played 1,890 career games in the outfield and 1,016 at first base. Of course, “Stan the Man” is one of the greatest hitters of all-time, and ranks eighth among position players with 128.1 WAR, second in total bases (6,134), third in runs created (2,562), extra-base hits (1,377), and doubles (725), fourth in hits (3,630), and seventh in RBIs (1,951).

14. Joe DiMaggio

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New York Yankees, 1936-51
13-time All-Star
1936-39, ‘41, ‘47, ’49-51 World Series champion
1939, ’41, ‘47 AL MVP
Key stats: .325/.398/.579, 2,124 hits, 1,390 runs, 361 home runs, 1,537 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1955

Had he not missed three full seasons during the prime of his career to military service, DiMaggio would almost assuredly go down in history as one of the top 10 players in MLB history. As it stands, DiMaggio put together a Hall of Fame career that included three MVP awards, nine World Series titles, and a record 56-game hitting streak that still stands as one of baseball’s most unbelievable feats. “The Yankee Clipper” posted 78.1 career WAR and ranks 10th all-time with a .579 slugging percentage.

13. Ken Griffey Jr.

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Seattle Mariners, 1989-99, 2009-10; Cincinnati Reds, 2000-08; Chicago White Sox, 2008
13-time All-Star; 7-time Silver Slugger
10-time Gold Glove recipient
1998 AL MVP (Mariners)
Key stats: .284/.370/.538, 2,781 hits, 1,662 runs, 630 home runs, 1,836 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2016

Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016, the sweet-swinging Griffey earned 99.32 percent of the vote, which broke the record set by Tom Seaver in 1992 (98.84 percent). Griffey ranks No. 6 on the all-time leaderboard with 630 home runs, and is No. 7 in extra-base hits (1,192) and No. 15 in RBIs (1,836).

12. Roberto Clemente

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Pittsburgh Pirates, 1955-72
12-time All-Star
12-time Gold Glove recipient
1960, ‘71 World Series champion
1966 NL MVP
1971 World Series MVP
Key stats: .317/.359/.475, 3,000 hits, 1,416 runs, 240 home runs, 1,305 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1973

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A legend and pioneer among Latin American baseball players, Clemente became the first player from Latin America and the Caribbean (born in Puerto Rico) to win a Most Valuable Player Award, a World Series as a starting position player, named World Series MVP, or be enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

11. Mel Ott

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New York Giants, 1926-47
11-time All-Star
1933 World Series champion
Key stats: 304/.414/.533, 2,876 hits, 1,859 runs, 511 home runs, 1,860 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1982

Ott made his debut with the New York Giants in 1926 at the age of 17, and played 21 seasons for the club. Ott was the first National League player to surpass 500 home runs, and he led the league in the category six times. His 511 career home runs still rank among the top 25 all-time. A left-handed hitter, Ott posted 107.8 career WAR, and led the Giants to the World Series three times, winning in 1933 when Ott hit .389/.500/.722 with two home runs and four RBIs in five games.

10. Frank Robinson

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Cincinnati Reds, 1956-65; Baltimore Orioles, 1966-71; Los Angeles Dodgers, 1972; California Angels, 1973-74; Cleveland Indians, 1974-76
12-time All-Star
1966, ‘70 (Orioles) World Series champion
1958 Gold Glove recipient (Reds)
1956 Rookie of the Year
1961 NL MVP (Reds)
1966 AL MVP (Oiroles)
Key stats: .294/.389/.537, 2,943 hits, 1,829 runs, 586 home runs, 1,812 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1951

The only player in MLB history to be named the Most Valuable Player in both the National and American League, Robinson earned the honor in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and in ‘66 with the Baltimore Orioles – when he also won the first of two World Series titles. He ranks No. 9 on the all-time list with 586 home runs and also ranks in the top 25 in history in WAR (107.2), total bases (5,373), runs scored (1,829) and RBIs (1,812).

Late in his playing career, Robinson became the first African-American manager in MLB history when he skippered the Cleveland Indians in his final two seasons. He also managed the San Francisco Giants, the Orioles, and the Montreal Expos and Washington Nationals.

9. Mickey Mantle

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New York Yankees 1951-68
16-time All-Star
1951-53, ‘56, ‘58, ’61-62 World Series champion
1962 Gold Glove recipient
1956-57, ‘62 AL MVP
Key stats: .298/.421/.557, 2,415 hits, 1,676 runs, 536 home runs, 1,509 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1974

A three-time American League MVP and seven-time World Series champion, Mantle also is the greatest switch-hitter in history. He leads all switch-hitters in career WAR (109.7), home runs (536), on-base percentage (.421), slugging percentage (.557), and OPS (.997).

“The Mick” won the 1956 American League Triple Crown and holds several World Series records, including home runs (18) and RBIs (40). He led the AL in home runs four times, and hit a career-high 54 in 1961 when Roger Maris’ 61 broke Babe Ruth’s single-season record.

8. Rickey Henderson

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Oakland Athletics, 1979-84, ‘89-93, ‘94-95, ‘98; New York Yankees, 1985-89; Toronto Blue Jays, 1993; San Diego Padres, 1996-97, 2001; Anaheim Angels, 1997; New York Mets, 1999-2000; Seattle Mariners, 2000; Boston Red Sox, 2002; Los Angeles Dodgers, 2003
10-time All-Star; 3-time Silver Slugger
1989 (A’s), ’93 (Blue Jays) World Series champion
1981 Gold Glove recipient (A's)
1990 AL MVP (A's)
Key stats: .279/.401/.419, 3,055 hits, 2,295 runs, 297 home runs 1,115 RBIs, 1,406 stolen bases
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 2009

The greatest leadoff hitter to play the game, Henderson still ranks first on the all-time list in runs scored (2,295) and holds two of baseball’s most unbreakable records – 1,406 stolen bases and 335 times caught stealing. Henderson is the all-time leader in unintentional walks and leadoff home runs and finished his career with 110.8 WAR that ranks among the top 20 in MLB history. He ranks second all-time in walks (2,190) and fourth in times on base (5,343).

Over the course of his 25-year career, Henderson played for nine teams, including four separate stints with the Oakland Athletics, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 1976 amateur draft. The 1990 AL MVP was a member of the 1989 World Series champion A’s, and also won a ring with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.

7. Ted Williams

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Boston Red Sox, 1939-60
17-time All-Star
1946, ‘49 AL MVP
Key stats: .344/.482/.634, 2,654 hits, 1,798 runs, 521 home runs, 1,839 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1966

Arguably the most beloved player in the history of the Boston Red Sox, Williams was one of the most gifted hitters to ever step to the plate. No one in history got on base at a higher rate than “The Splendid Splinter,” as Williams’ .482 career on-base percentage still tops the all-time leaderboard.

Williams, who posted 123.2 career WAR, ranks second in history in slugging percentage (634) and OPS (1.116), fourth in walks (2,021), sixth in runs created (2,382) and eighth in batting average (.344) and at-bats per home run (14.8).

Williams won the AL Triple Crown in 1942, and then missed the next three seasons to military service. Nevertheless, Williams returned to win his first AL MVP in 1946 (the only year he played in the World Series), won the Triple Crown again in ‘47, and won his second MVP Award in ‘49.

6. Tris Speaker

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Boston Americans, 1907; Boston Red Sox, 1908-15; Cleveland Indians, 1916-26; Washington Senators, 1927; Philadelphia Athletics, 1928
1912, ‘15, (Red Sox) ’20 (Indians) World Series champion
1912 AL MVP (Red Sox)
Key stats: .345/.428/.500, 3,514 hits, 1,882 runs, 792 doubles, 117 home runs, 1,531 RBIs, 436 stolen bases
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1937

One of the most underrated players in baseball history because he was forced to share the American League stage with Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, Speaker is still one of the greatest outfielders of all-time.
A teammate of Ruth’s with the Boston for one season, Speaker helped the Red Sox win two World Series titles, then helped guide the Cleveland Indians to a world championship in 1920. A fixture in the No. 3 spot in the lineup for both clubs, Speaker collected 3,514 career hits, which still ranks fifth on the all-time list. That total includes a major league-record 792 doubles.

The 1912 AL MVP posted 133.7 career WAR, which ranks sixth all-time among position players, and his .345 career batting average and 222 triples also are sixth on the career lists.

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5. Hank Aaron

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Milwaukee Braves, 1954-65; Atlanta Braves, 1966-74; Milwaukee Brewers, 1975-76
24-time All-Star
3-time Gold Glove recipient
1957 (Milwaukee Braves) World Series champion
1957 NL MVP (Miwaukee Braves)
Key stats:.305/.374/.555, 3,771 hits, 2,174 runs, 755 home runs, 2,297 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1982

In 1974, Aaron did what many believed was impossible: he broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record with his 715th blast. Aaron added 40 more home runs over the final three seasons of his 23-year playing career, and was baseball’s home run king until Barry Bonds passed him in 2007.

“Hammerin’ Hank” still holds the records for career RBIs (2,297), total bases (6,856) and extra-base hits (1,477). Aaron ranks fifth among position players with 142.6 WAR, and is third on the all-time hit list (3,771), fourth in runs scored (2,174) and runs created (2,552).

The 1957 NL MVP, Aaron also led the Milwaukee Braves to a dramatic seven-game World Series victory over the New York Yankees that season.

4. Ty Cobb

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Detroit Tigers, 1905-26; Philadelphia Athletics, 1927-28
1911 AL MVP
Key stats: .366/.433/.512, 4,189 hits, 2,244 runs, 117 home runs, 1,933 RBIs, 897 stolen bases
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1936


No one in MLB history has posted a higher career batting average than Cobb’s .366 career mark, which is nearly eight percentage points higher than No. 2 Rogers Hornsby. Cobb often used his great speed to collect 4,189 hits, which included 3,053 singles and 295 triples (all of which are the second most in history), and then tallied 897 stolen bases, which still ranks fourth all-time.

“The Georgia Peach” posted 151.0 career WAR, which ranks sixth overall and fourth among position players. He ranks second in runs scored (2,244), fifth in total bases (5,854) and runs created (2,517), and ninth in on-base percentage (.433).

Cobb led the Tigers to the World Series in three consecutive seasons from 1907-09, but never won a world championship. Detroit came closest in a seven-game series against Pittsburgh in 1909.

3. Willie Mays

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New York Giants, 1951-57; San Francisco Giants, 1958-72; New York Mets, 1972-73
24-time All-Star
12-time Gold Glove recipient
1954 (NY Giants) World Series champion
1951 NL Rookie of the Year (New York Giants)
1954 (New York Giants), ‘65 (San Francisco Giants) NL MVP
Key stats: .302/.384/.557, 3,283 hits, 2,062 runs, 660 home runs, 1,903 RBIs, 338 stolen bases
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1979

No one has appeared in more All-Star Games than Mays, whose 24 appearances in the Mid-Summer Classic are tied with Hank Aaron and Stan Musial for the most in history. Mays could do it all. A 12-time Gold Glove outfielder, Mays’ most iconic moment came when running down a long fly ball in the 1954 World Series and making a basket catch with his back turned to home plate – a play known as “The Catch.” Mays ranks fifth with 660 career home runs and led the NL in the category on four occasions, including twice when he surpassed 50 long balls (1955, ’65 - the longest stretch between 50-homer seasons in history). He also collected 3,283 hits, drove in 1,903 runs, and stole 338 bases.

Mays ranks fifth overall and third among position players in career WAR (156.2), third in total bases (6,066), fifth in extra-base hits (1,323), and seventh in runs scored (2,062) and runs created (2,368). Had he not missed nearly two full seasons to military service early in his career, Mays would have ranked even higher in most categories.

2. Barry Bonds

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Pittsburgh Pirates, 1986-92; San Francisco Giants, 1993-2007
14-time All-Star; 12-time Silver Slugger
8-time Gold Glove recipient
1990, 1992 (Pirates), '93, 2001-04 (Giants) NL MVP
Key stats: .298/.444/.607, 2,935 hits, 2,227 runs, 762 home runs, 1,996 RBIs, 514 stolen bases

Love him or hate him, Bonds is one of the greatest to ever play the game, and was the most feared hitter in history as evidenced by his record 2,558 walks and 688 intentional passes. For comparison, Albert Pujols ranks second all-time in IBB and will begin the 2016 season with 296. Bonds also holds the MLB record for runs created with 2,892.

The most controversial aspects of Bonds’ career are his home run records – 73 in a season in 2001 and 762 across a 22-year career that included seven NL MVP Awards. Bonds also ranks fourth all-time and second among offensive players in WAR (162.4), second in extra-base hits (1,440) and times on base (5,599), third in runs scored (2,227) and at-bats per home run (12.9), fourth in OPS (1.051) and total bases (5,976), fifth in RBIs (1,996) and slugging percentage (.607), and sixth in on-base percentage (.444).

Out of baseball since he was not offered a contract following the 2007 season, Bonds is now back as a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins.

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1. Babe Ruth

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Boston Red Sox, 1915-19; New York Yankees, 1920-34; Boston Braves, 1935
1915-16, ’18 (Red Sox) ‘23, ’27-28, ’32 (Yankees) World Series champion
1923 AL MVP
Key stats: .342/.474/.690, 2,873 hits, 2,174 runs, 714 home runs, 2,214 RBIs
Baseball Hall of Fame, Class of 1936

Arguably no player in big league history had a bigger impact on the way the game was played, because no one before him could compare to Ruth. Few do nearly a century later. Ruth produced the highest WAR of any player in history in part because of the time he spent as a pitcher early in his career. However, when factoring in Ruth’s all-time best .690 slugging percentage, 1.164 OPS and 206 OPS+, as well as his 714 career home runs that stood as a record from his retirement in 1935 until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974, Ruth’s 163.1 WAR as an outfielder is better than anyone to play the position. Actually, it’s best among all position players in history and would be third behind Cy Young (168.4) and Walter Johnson (165.6) overall.

Though he set nearly every major offensive record during his playing days, Ruth now ranks second all-time in on-base percentage (.474), RBIs (2,214), runs created (2,718), and at-bats per home run (11.8), third in walks (2,062), fourth in runs scored (2,174) and extra-base hits (1,356), and sixth in total bases (5,793).

— Rankings by Nicholas Ian Allen, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Allen's work can also be found on SaturdayDownSouth.com, SaturdayBlitz.com and FanSided.com. Follow him on Twitter @NicholasIAllen.