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Cleveland Center Fielder Quiz


Another week down, and we return to the outfield, the core fielding postion out there.

As previously, name the Top 25 center fielders by games played (not counting 2012 games). No cheating by pulling searches from BRef!!! Guess the player and approximate spot in the Top 25.


Rank

Player

Games Played

1

Tris Speaker (1916-1926)

1474

2

Earl Averill (1929-1938)

1458

3

Kenny Lofton (1992-1996, 1998-2001, 2007)

1211

4

Larry Doby (1948-1955, 1958)

1083

5

Rick Manning (1975-1983)

1002

6

Grady Sizemore (2004-2011)

849

7

Joe Birmingham (1907-1914)

647

8

Vic Davalillo (1963-1968)

601

8

Brett Butler (1984-1987)

601

10

Harry Bay (1902-1907)

555

11

Roy Weatherly (1936-1942)

415

12

George Hendrick (1973-1976)

342

13

Jim Piersall (1959-1961)

337

14

Joe Carter (1984-1989)

299

15

Jose Cardenal (1968-1969)

294

16

Nemo Leibold (1913-1915)

208

17

Milton Bradley (2001-2003)

195

18

Coco Crisp (2002-2005)

188

19

Felix Mackiewicz (1945-1947)

185

20

Ollie Pickering (1901-1902)

167

21

Alex Cole (1990-1992)

165

22

Jim Busby (1956-1957)

158

23

Chick Hinton (1965-1967, 1969)

157

24

Ted Uhlaender (1970-1971)

155

25

Ben Chapman (1939-1940)

153

Postscript

It looks to be 251 different guys who spent at least one game patrolling the large expanse. As we see above, only 16 of them cracked the 200 game barrier, but we had 5 guys break 1000 games. Grady most liekly would have made it 6 if not for injuries. Based on the data so far, this has to be one of the most stable positions in the history of the franchise. Not only for the five 1000 guys, but there are nine guys who cracked 600 games. This stability definitely allowed gusy with around one full season to make the lower part of the list. There are only 22 guys with between 100 and 200 games, leaving 213 with less than 100 games.

For the 2012 guys, Brantley had 137 games there before the season, good enough for #28. As of today, he has 259 games, good enough to jump to #16 all-time. Even if he played every game the rest of the way, he could not pass Cardenal. But with another full 2013 in CF, he should pass Hendrick. Carrera had only 55 games prior to 2012 and won't crack 100 this year. Lillibridge and Cunningham will add 2 more names to the list.

Some other notable guys not mentioned in the comments: Vida Pinson (115 games), Roger maris (114), Jolbert Cabrera (89), Ruben Amaro (24), Cliff Walker Lee (15), Bob Lemon (13), Jorge Orta (3), Addie Joss (2).

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