10 Best Offensive Seasons By A Center Fielder

Some of the games most legendary figures have roamed center field for some of the most iconic teams. Mantle and DiMaggio in Yankee Stadium. Ty Cobb in Bennett Park and Navin Field later named Tiger Stadium. Willie Mays in the Polo Grounds. Duke Snider in Ebbets Field. And the list goes on. These men have led us to today’s center fielders like George Springer, Charlie Blackmon, and of course, Mike Trout. Both groups of men are forces with the bat but they are also manning center because they know how to get it done with the glove. This position much like it’s infield counterpart shortstop is evolving into a position where a big stick, as well as a quality glove, is preferred to defense first players.

Honorable Mention


  • 10. Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees, 1941

    • Age: 26
    • AL MVP
    • AL All-Star


    Joe DiMaggio Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    9.1 139 541 122 193 43 11 30 125 4 2 76 13 .357 .440 .643 1.083

    • 9. Ty Cobb, Detroit Tibers, 1912

      • Age: 25


      Ty Cobb Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      9.2 140 553 120 226 30 23 7 83 61 34 43 30 .409 .456 .584 1.040

      • 8. Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, 1911

        • Age: 24
        • AL MVP


        Ty Cobb Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        10.7 146 591 147 248 47 24 8 127 83 44 42 .420 .467 .621 1.088

        • 7. Tris Speaker, Boston Red Sox, 1912

          • Age: 29
          • AL MVP


          Tris Speaker Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          10.1 153 580 136 222 53 12 10 90 52 28 82 36 .383 .464 .567 1.031

          • 6. Joe DiMaggio, New York Yankees, 1937

            • Age: 22
            • AL All-Star


            Joe DiMaggio Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            8.2 151 621 151 215 35 15 46 167 3 0 64 37 .346 .412 .673 1.085

            • 5. Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, 1917

              • Age: 30


              Ty Cobb Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              11.3 152 588 107 225 44 24 6 106 55 61 34 .383 .444 .570 1.014

              • 4. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, 1957

                • Age: 25
                • AL MVP
                • AL All-Star


                Mickey Mantle Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                11.3 144 474 121 173 28 6 44 94 16 3 146 75 .365 .512 .665 1.177

                • 3. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, 1961

                  • Age: 29
                  • AL All-Star


                  Mickey Mantle Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  10.5 153 514 131 163 16 6 54 128 12 1 126 112 .317 .448 .687 1.135

                  • 2. Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, 1910

                    • Age: 23


                    Ty Cobb Batting Statistics
                    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                    10.5 140 506 106 194 35 13 8 91 65 64 46 .383 .456 .551 1.008

                    • 1. Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, 1956

                      • Age: 24
                      • AL MVP
                      • AL All-Star


                      Mickey Mantle Batting Statistics
                      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                      11.2 150 533 132 188 22 5 52 130 10 1 112 99 .353 .464 .705 .1.169

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One comment

  • Willie Mays only deserves one season on your list as what — the #11 all time best offensive season? And why 1958? He had a higher (and league leading) OPS+ in five other seasons. In two of those five he was the MVP, hitting 51 and 52 homers. In 1958 he had his second highest number of plate appearances but hit only 29 homers.

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