My All-Time Baseball Team

Center Field: Willie Mays

https://www.biography.com/athlete/willie-mays

1951-1973, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants

.302 career lifetime batting average

660 career home runs

1,903 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

3,282 career hits

24-time National League All-Star

1954 World Series champion

2-time NL Most Valuable Player

1951 NL Rookie of the Year

1954 NL batting champion

4-time NL home run leader

4-time NL stolen base leader

12-time Gold Glove Award winner

MLB’s all-time leader in outfield putouts (7,095)

2,842 games as an outfielder third most all time

All-Star Game records for most at bats (75), hits (23), runs scored (20), and stolen bases (six)

Shares All-Star Game records for most extra-base hits (eight), triples (three), and total bases (40)

Career 156.2 wins above replacement (WAR) ranks third all time for position players

Led NL in on base plus slugging (OPS) five times

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979

Named to Major League Baseball’s All Century Team and All-Time Team

Honorable Mention (this position is stacked with fantastic options): Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Tris Speaker, Duke Snider, Mike Trout, Larry Doby, Richie Ashburn, Hack Wilson, Earl Averill, Edd Roush, Kirby Puckett, Vada Pinson, Andrew McCutchen, Max Carey

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

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