Welcome back to our ongoing series aimed at identifying the best of the best at every position in Major League Baseball.
Our goal here is twofold. First, we determine the greatest player of all time for each current franchise at a position. We then rank these players from 1 to 30 to determine how they fare in MLB history.
The only restriction is that the selected player must be from the current incarnation of each franchise. We trace the lineage of the Los Angeles Dodgers back to Brooklyn. However, we have separated the Washington Nationals from the Montreal Expos due to the complete rebranding. But don't worry, we also add bonus players when necessary.
Also, to make things more interesting, we require that no player represent multiple franchises or multiple positions throughout the series.
Today we come to the last of the nine traditional baseball positions: right field.
We think last week's midfielder list was loaded. So we try to put a position with 11 players who are already in Cooperstown and another 10 who will or probably should be there. It all starts with two of baseball's biggest icons: Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron. The debate over which icon is the biggest defender of the right will not be settled today, but we hope that the contributions of both will be equally celebrated.
In all honesty, this is perhaps the most debatable list in this series. So let the discussions begin.
Here are the right fielders.
1. Babe Ruth – New York Yankees
With the Yankees:15 seasons
Best Season: 1923(14.1 WAR, .393/.545/.764, 41 home runs, MVP)
After winning 89 games as a pitcher for the Red Sox, Ruth made a very good transition to right field for the Yankees. Her career 714 home runs were an MLB record after her retirement in 1935 and lasted until surpassed by Hank Aaron in 1975. Of course, Ruth's legacy is more than just her versatility or skill. from her to hit home runs. Her personality transcended the sport, but she certainly helped put baseball on the map. There is only one word to describe it: icon.
2. Hank Aaron – Atlanta Braves
with brave:21 seasons
Best Season: 1961(9.5 WAR, .327/.381/.594, 34 Homer)
As great as Ruth was, Aaron might as well be #1. Both are iconic figures who have helped weave our beloved game into the fabric of multiple generations. Aaron's numbers speak for themselves. you can admire themexactly here🇧🇷 Aaron means so much more to baseball. As Jackie Robinson, he helped open doors that changed the game forever...and for the better. We can never give Hammerin' Hank enough credit for his contributions.
3. Musial Booth - San Luis Cardeais
With Cardinals:22 seasons
Best Season: 1948(11.3 WAR, .376/.450/.702, 39 home runs, MVP)
Regarded as the Cardinals' greatest all-time player, Stan "The Man" finished his 22-year career with three MVP awards and 24 All-Star selections. Yes, he has played two All-Star games in a few seasons. Musial remains the franchise leader in hits (3,630), home runs (475), doubles (725), triples (177), runs scored (1,949), and RBIs (1,951). He joined Cooperstown in 1969.
4. Frank Robinson – Cincinnati Reds
with reds:10 seasons
Best Season: 1961(7.7 WAR, .323/.404/.611, 37 home runs, MVP)
Here is the list of players who became MVPs in both the American League and the National League: Frank Robinson. Is that. This is the list. The Hall of Famer was also Rookie of the Year with Cincinnati in 1956 and a Triple Crown winner in 1966 for Baltimore when he hit .316/.410/.637 with 49 home runs and 122 RBIs. Robinson's 586 home runs rank 10th all-time.
5. Roberto Clemente - Pittsburgh Pirates
With pirates:18 seasons
Best Season: 1967(8.9 WAR, .357/.400/.554, 23 Homers)
As one of the pioneers of baseball in Latin America, Clemente could do it all. He hit hard and averaged, which is backed by his four batting titles. He also offered excellent defense, as evidenced by his record 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards. Clemente also led Pittsburgh to two World Series and was named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966. Tragically, his was 3,000. Professional success is the last. The Hall of Famer was killed in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while transporting relief supplies to Nicaragua.
6. Mel Ott - San Francisco Giants
With giants:22 seasons
Best Season: 1938(8.9 WAR, .311/.442/.583, 36 Homer)
Barry Bonds, Willie Mays and now Mel Ott. Combined, that's 1,933 career home runs among Giants outfielders in our final ranking. Ott led the then-New York Giants to three National League pennants during his 22-year Hall of Fame career. In 1933, he hit a series-clinching home run in the tenth inning of Game 5 of the World Series against the Washington Senators.
7. Al Kaline — Detroit Tigers
with tiger:22 seasons
Best Season: 1961(8.4 KRIEG, .324/.393/.515)
Kaline made his MLB debut a week after graduating high school and was already a star at 20 years old. In fact, in 1955, his second full MLB season, Kaline became the youngest batting champion in MLB history by one day ahead of Ty Cobb. Kaline received 18 All-Star selections and won 10 Gold Glove Awards, as well as winning a World Series in 1968. He entered Cooperstown in 1980.
8. Ichiro Suzuki – Seattle Mariners
With seafarers:14 seasons
Best season: 2001(7.7 KRIEG, .350/.381/.457)
Ichiro made his MLB debut at age 27 and immediately wowed MLB viewers by winning MVP, and Rookie of the Year, in his first season. Since then, he has led the league seven times, racking up an impressive 3,089 MLB hits. Combine that with the 1,278 hits he has already racked up in Japan and many will say that Ichiro is the true king of baseball. His call to Cooperstown will take place in 2025 and we hope it will be unanimous.
9. Tony Gwynn - San Diego Padres
Country With:20 seasons
Best Season: 1987(8.6 WAR, .370/.447/.511, 35 kills, Gold Glove)
You know it's a long list when Kaline, Ichiro and Gwynn fail to break into the top 5. Gwynn was a hitting machine, finishing his 20-year MLB career with eight batting titles and a .I Like MLB.com's List of 19 Amazing Facts About Tony Gwynnindicates that he literally never scratched himself. Surprisingly"Mr. Father" still owns 4.66 percent of the franchise's hits.
10. Reggie Jackson – Oakland Athletics
With athletics:10 seasons
Best Season: 1973(7.8 WAR, .293/.383/.531, 32 home runs, MVP)
Jackson also had great moments and seasons with the New York Yankees. There he earned the nickname Mr. October. However, his decade in Oakland was definitely the pinnacle of his career. The Hall of Famer ranks first among A's right fielders in home runs (269), runs made (756) and stolen bases (145) and has been selected to six All-Star teams.
11. Larry Walker – Colorado Rocky Mountains
With the Rocky Mountains:10 seasons
Best Season: 1997(9.8 WAR, .366/.452/.720, 49 home runs, MVP)
Walker scored many firsts in the Rocky Mountains. He was the team's first MVP in 1997. He will be the first player with a Rockies cap at his home plate in Cooperstown. And he is the first to reach the top 15 of our final ranking. Yes, there's a Coors Field vs. Walker argument, but he was already brilliant at the Montreal Expos and not a one-trick pony. His defense won seven Gold Glove Awards.
12. Manny Ramirez – Cleveland-Indianer
For the Indians:8 seasons
Best Season: 1999(7.3 WAR, .333/.442/.663, 44 home runs, 165 RBIs)
No final standings would be complete without Manny. The slugger outfielder had an intriguing career that included monstrous production, bizarre behavior and two PED suspensions. The latter will probably keep you away from Cooperstown, which is a shame. With Cleveland, he hit .313 with 236 home runs, 237 doubles, 541 walks and a .998 OPS.
13. Vladimir Guerrero – Los Angeles Anjos
with angels:6 seasons
Best season: 2004(5.6 WAR, .337/.391/.598, 39 home runs, MVP)
With all due respect to Tim Salmon, Vladimir Guerrero was the best right fielder in Angels history after being the best right fielder in Expos history. In six seasons with the Angels, Guerrero hit .319/.381/.546 with 173 home runs, 194 doubles and 616 RBIs. In 2018, he became the first player to have an Angels cap on his badge, anchored in Cooperstown.
14. Sammy Sosa – Chicago Cubs
With boys:13 seasons
Best season: 2001(10.3 WAR, .328/.437/.737, 64 Homer)
Sosa's career, and even his career after that, has been mired in controversy after controversy. Will that cost you a place in Cooperstown? Probably. Will she ever mend her broken relationship with the Cubs? Who knows. Even so, he produced some of the best offensive seasons in MLB history, three 60-homer seasons and two 30-homer, 30-steal seasons.
15. Schuhloser Joe Jackson - Chicago White Sox
With the White Sox:6 seasons
Best Season: 1920(7.5 WAR, 0.382/0.444/0.589, 20 three)
His best seasons were with the Cleveland Naps, but Jackson is best known for his time with the White Sox. Part of that is his performance on the field, which has always been excellent. But the bigger story was his involvement in the Black Sox scandal as one of several players who colluded with players to set up games in the 1919 World Series. The latter is the only reason Jackson is not a Hall member. of Fame.
16. Dwight Evans - Medias Rojas de Boston
With the Red Sox:19 seasons
Best Season: 1981(6.7 WAR, .296/.415/.522, 22 home runs)
Evans was a fixture in Boston's lineup, spending nearly two full decades (1972-90) as the franchise's right fielder. Most of his output came in the second half. Evans hit .279/.385/.489 with 256 of his 385 career home runs in his last nine seasons with the Red Sox. Defensively, Evans has won eight Gold Glove Awards.
17. Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
With marlin:8 seasons
Best season: 2017(8.0 WAR, .281/.376/.631, 59 home runs, MVP)
Is Stanton the biggest marlin in history? It's hard to argue with him. He leads the franchise in WAR (34.6) and home runs (267), and during his 2017 MVP season he set single-season records with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs. Of course, no Marlins story would be complete without the inevitable trade that immediately followed the season of his career.
18. Bobby Abreu – Philadelphia Phillies
As Philis:9 seasons
Best season: 2004(6,6 WAR, 0,301/0,428/0,544, 30 Home Runs, All-Star)
Abreu had the prime of his 18-year career with the Phillies. During those nine seasons he hit .303/.416/.513 with 195 home runs and 254 stolen bases. Some Hall of Fame metrics, like JAWS, really have it.Abreu was rated above Guerrero, but it appeared on only 5.5% of the January ballots.
19. Darryl Erdbeere - New York Mets
How Met:8 seasons
Best Season: 1987(6.4 WAR, .284/.398/.583, 39 Homer)
Strawberry has been a part of so many great Mets moments that it seems like he's never played anywhere else. In reality, he was traded to the Dodgers at age 29 before his season. Still, his best days were at Shea Stadium. Straw hit .263/.359/.520 with 252 home runs and 191 stolen bases with New York. Unfortunately, personal problems and legal issues prevented her from maintaining his excellence.
20. Tony Oliva – Minnesota-Zwillinge
With twins:15 seasons
Best Season: 1964(6.8 WAR, .323/.359/.557, 32 Homer)
Can you underestimate a three-time batting champion? It sure sounds like Oliva falls into that category. Due to this classification, we can also be guilty. Oliva was a Five Tool player who led the American League in hits five times, produced five seasons with 20+ home runs, and was a two-time runner-up at the AL MVP Awards. Notable: In 1964, he became the first rookie to win a batting title.
21. Bryce Harper – Washington National
With nationals:7 seasons
Best season: 2015(9.7 WAR, .330/.460/.649, 42 home runs, MVP)
Harper didn't leave Washington on the best of terms, but he certainly made a name for himself. During those seven seasons, Harper was named 2012 Rookie of the Year, 2015 MVP, received six All-Star honors and won the 2018 Home Run Derby crown at Nationals Park. The only thing missing was a World Series title. As we all know, this happened in 2019 right after he left for Philly.
22. Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
With the Tiles:10 seasons
Best season: 2011(8.3 WAR, .302/.447/.608, 43 Homer)
The Bat Flip alone was enough to secure Bautista's spot. His league-leading 97 home runs from 2010-11 didn't hurt either. Newcomer Bautista was great from his season at age 29 to age 34. During that stretch, he hit .265/.386/.540 with 240 home runs.
23. Juan González – Texas Rangers
With rangers:13 seasons
Best Season: 1993(6.5 WAR, .310..368..632, 46 home runs)
357/0.621 with 134 home runs and 432 RBIs in a 421-game span from 1996 to 1998. Not surprisingly, that span earned him two MVP awards. He also led the American League in home runs in 1992 and 1993, when he hit 43 and 46, respectively, and is the Rangers' all-time leader with 372. Needless to say, power was his game.
24. George Springer – Astros de Houston
with stars:6 seasons
Best season: 2019(6.4 WAR, .292/.383/.591, 39 Homer)
Although Terry Puhl has the highest WAR of his career (28.3) with Houston, it took him 11 seasons to accumulate that stat. Springer will likely experience this in his next season, which will be his seventh. When you consider his postseason production (15 homers and 14 doubles) in 50 games, Springer gets a nice boost on this list.
25. Dixie Walker – Los Angeles Dodgers
With cheaters:9 seasons
Best Season: 1944(5.8 WAR, .357/.434/.529, hit title)
Right field was a fun position for the Dodgers. Especially in this century with guys like Shawn Green, Andre Ethier, Yasiel Puig, and now Cody Bellinger. However, neither made it long enough to get past Walker. Dixie played for Brooklyn from 1939 to 1947. He hit . 311/.386/.441 over nine seasons, finishing twice in the top 3 in NL MVP voting.
26. Ken Singleton – Baltimore Orioles
With orioles:10 seasons
Best Season: 1977(5.7 WAR, .328/.438/.507, 24 Homers)
Frank Robinson would be the easy pick in Baltimore. Since he is no longer on the board, the choice for him is between Ken Singleton and Nick Markakis. Singleton gets the nod for always being on base. He five times he reported an on-base percentage over .400. In 1977 and 1979, he also finished in the top three in AL MVP voting.
27. Justin Upton – Arizona Diamonds
Com Diamondbacks:6 seasons
Best season: 2011(5.5 WAR, .289/.369/.529, 31 Homer)
Upton put up good numbers in Arizona, but never lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he was selected No. 1 overall in the 2005 draft. Injuries contributed to the slowdown. He hit .278/.357/.475 with 108 home runs in six seasons. Since then he has played for the Braves, Padres, Tigers and Angels. Somehow, he is still only 31 years old.
28. Sixto Lezcano – Milwaukee Brewers
With coffee maker:7 seasons
Best season: 1979(5.6 WAR, .321/.414/.573, 28 Homer)
If Christian Yelich wasn't already off the board, he could have closed that point. As for Lezcano, he showed early promise, hitting .297/.385/.513 with 64 home runs in 1977-79. That was enough to push him past Jeromy Burnitz and Corey Hart. Lezcano quickly became a journeyman, spending his last six seasons with four different teams.
29. Danny Tartabull – Kansas City Royals
With royalty:5 seasons
Best Season: 1991(4.4 WAR, .316/.397/.593, 31 Homer)
Tartabull finished his Royals career with 30 home run seasons and hit over .300. The latter led to his only All-Star selection. Power used to be the most important part of his game. He hit 124 home runs in five seasons for KC.
30. Matt Joyce – Tampa Bay Rays
With rays:6 seasons
Best season: 2011(3.4 WAR, .277/.347/.478, 19 home runs, All-Star)
Joyce split his time between left and right field, but his best season came in 2011 as the Rays' right fielder. Joyce was selected to his only all-star team that year, which is enough to land him on this list.
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Ruth The Fielder
Ruth's fielding percentage in the outfield was . 968, just a tick better than the . 966 league average. He averaged a solid 11.3 assists per year, with as many as 21 in the 1920 season and putting him in the top five in the league seven times.
|Rank||The Shredder||Vince Gennaro|
|1||Juan Soto (Nationals)||Juan Soto (Nationals)|
|2||Bryce Harper (Phillies)||Ronald Acuńa Jr. (Braves)|
|3||Ronald Acuńa Jr. (Braves)||Aaron Judge (Yankees)|
|4||Aaron Judge (Yankees)||Kyle Tucker (Astros)|
2022 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field.
1. Jonty Rhodes. South African-born Jonty Rhodes is a cricket commentator and ex-player. Despite his quickness as a right-handed batsman, he was best recognized for his ability to catch and throw from the backward point position, which was his most regular defensive position.Was Hank Aaron a good fielder? ›
Aaron wasn't just a dominant hitter, but also an outstanding fielder and baserunner. He won three Gold Gloves, and while fielding metrics from his era are informed estimates, Baseball-Reference rates him ninth among right fielders in runs saved at plus-98 for his career.Who is the best fielder in MLB history? ›
1. Willie Mays - New York/San Francisco Giants, New York Mets (1951-1952; 1954-1973) In 22 major league seasons, Mays hit . 302, slugged 660 home runs and won 12 Gold Glove Awards.Who has the best fielding in the MLB? ›
|1.||Realmuto • PHI||1,151|
|2.||Maldonado • HOU||1,025|
|3.||Smith • LAD||968|
|4.||d'Arnaud • ATL||956|
|5.||Stallings • MIA||918|
After switching to right field for 2021 and ranking No. 2 entering the year, Juan Soto now ranks first at the position. NL MVP Bryce Harper jumps from fifth to second.Why do right fielders have the best arms? ›
Being situated 250–300 feet from home plate, they must be able to throw the ball accurately over a long distance to be effective. Of all outfield positions, the right fielder often has the strongest arm, because they are the farthest from third base.
Each position conventionally has an associated number, for use in scorekeeping by the official scorer: 1 (pitcher), 2 (catcher), 3 (first baseman), 4 (second baseman), 5 (third baseman), 6 (shortstop), 7 (left fielder), 8 (center fielder), and 9 (right fielder).
Right field: Roberto Clemente
Currently the active right fielder with the most Golden Glove award is Mookie Betts with six.
|Aaron Judge||New York Yankees|
|Mookie Betts||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Christian Yelich||Milwaukee Brewers|
|Ronald Acuna||Atlanta Braves|
The shortstop has to be the combination of the best fielder, thrower and mover (meaning great footwork and range) of all the infielders. The center fielder has to cover the most ground in the outfield, so he has to be the best fielding outfielder and is typically the fastest player on the team.Who is the best defensive center fielder ever? ›
1. Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals.Who is the God of fielder in cricket? ›
He was an energetic fielder who could cover most of the ground. Hence, it is not an understatement to say that Jonty Rhodes is the God of Fielding.Who is king of fielding in cricket? ›
|National side||South Africa (1992-2003)|
|Test debut||13 November 1992 v India|
|Last Test||10 August 2000 v Sri Lanka|
Virat Kohli (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of the India national cricket team. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman of all time and the best of his time.Is Hank Aaron the best hitter of all-time? ›
In addition to home runs, games and plate appearances, Aaron ranks third all-time in hits (3,771), fourth in runs scored (2,174), first in total bases (6,856), first in extra-base hits (1,477), first in RBIs (2,297), fourth in intentional walks (293) and fifth in WAR for position players (143.1).
In a game that is beloved for the numbers it produces, no one ever had better numbers than Aaron. He had a career batting average of . 305. He is the career leader in runs batted in (2,297), most extra base hits (1,477), and amassed the most career total bases (6,856).Who was better Mickey Mantle or Hank Aaron? ›
Aaron was the first player to hit 500 home runs and get 3,000 hits. His 755 home runs are the most in legitimate baseball history. Mantle hit 536 home runs and had 2,415 hits. In 23 seasons, Aaron hit 755 home runs in 12,364 times at bat, compared to Mantle's 536 home runs in 8,102 at bats in 18 seasons.Who is the fastest player to reach 3000 hits? ›
Tony Gwynn was the fastest player in National League history to hit the 3,000 mark; he reached the mark in his 2,284th game.Who was better Mays or Ruth? ›
As great as Ruth was, he simply wasn't as good as William Howard Mays, the greatest baseball player of all time. Proponents of Ruth will say Ruth is by far the best player. He not only hit 714 career home runs, but he also won 94 games as a pitcher and very likely could have made the Hall of Fame as a pitcher.What is the hardest fielding position in baseball? ›
Shortstop. Shortstop is one of the hardest position to play on a baseball diamond. When playing shortstop, you have to cover the most ground of any position on the infield, moving to your left, to your right, and sometimes into the outfield for short fly balls.What are the six F's of fielding? ›
Now working for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Perry breaks the act of catching the ground ball and throwing it into what he calls the "6 Fs of Fielding." They are: feet, field, funnel, footwork, fire, follow.Who is the greatest fielder of all time baseball? ›
1. Willie Mays - New York/San Francisco Giants, New York Mets (1951-1952; 1954-1973) In 22 major league seasons, Mays hit . 302, slugged 660 home runs and won 12 Gold Glove Awards.Who is the king of best fielder? ›
1 best fielder in cricket. His run-out against Pakistan in the 1992 World Cup is still one the best run outs in the sport. He has 139 catches in his short international Career.
1. Jonty Rhodes – Jonty Rhodes is the former South African player and is considered the greatest fielder of all time.Who is the best defensive outfielder ever? ›
If you accept the premise that Andruw Jones is in fact the best defensive outfielder in the history of the game and add in the fact that he hit 434 career home runs, those are two big building blocks for the foundation of a Hall of Fame resume.
Fastest Bowler in the World 2023
Shoaib Akhtar is widely considered the world's fastest bowler in the history of cricket, having bowled the fastest delivery in cricket at 161.3 km/hr.
- Top 10 Best Batsmen in the World 2022.
- Sachin Tendulkar (India)
- Sir Vivian Richards (West Indies)
- Brian Lara (West Indies)
- Virat Kohli (India)
- Ricky Ponting (Australia)
#1 Rahul Dravid
From 164 matches that saw him fielding in 301 innings, Dravid captured 210 catches which is the highest by any fielder in the longest format of the sport. Also, a lion's share of the same came in the slip position.