To be the top player at your position, you have to be well rounded. Not only do you need to be able to hit, you need to field your position with the best of them. The below five players do just that, as they are the top five outfielders of all time. Some names will be left out, such as Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams. They were easily some of the best hitters of all time (check out my article on the top five hitters of all time here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2027602/top_five_hitters_of_all_time.html?cat=14 ) but not all around outfielders. Only one current player has what it takes to make this list. Most players of this generation are too one dimensional, just look at Manny Ramirez or Andruw Jones. With that being said, here are the top five outfielders of all time.
- Willie Mays – Mays is an easy choice for this list. Mays could do it all. He finished with a career average of .302 with 660 home runs and 1,903 RBI. The two time MVP won 12 gold gloves, which is tied for the most gold gloves amongst outfielders. Mays was truly an amazing player.
- Roberto Clemente – Clemente sadly had an amazing career cut short. Roberto finished his career with a .317 average, 240 home runs and 1,305 RBI. He ended exactly on 3,000 hits for his career. The 12 time all star also won 12 gold gloves during his illustrious career, tying himself with Mays for most all time amongst outfielders.
- Stan Musial – Stan the Man never won a gold glove, but considering they weren’t brought into the record books until 1957, Musial was already on the down side of his amazing career. Musial finished with a career average of .331 with 475 home runs and 1,599 RBI. Musial did have a fielding percentage of .984 while in the outfield, which is actually better than 12 time winner Willie Mays.
- Al Kaline – Kaline also deserves to be on this list. Kaline won ten gold gloves to go along with his 15 all star bids. He ended his career with a .297 average to go along with 399 home runs and 1,583 RBI. Kaline also finished with a fielding percentage of .986 in the outfield.
- Ken Griffey Jr. – The only current player on this list, Griffey is still going strong for the Seattle Mariners. Griffey currently sits behind Willie Mays on the all time home run list with 623. His 1,809 RBI are also impressive, but one can only wonder where he would be on those lists if he stayed healthy his whole career. Griffey also plays a mean outfield, snagging 10 gold glove awards. The 13 time all star also has a career average of .286.