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Boston Red Sox Top 5 Center Fielders of All-Time

Here are my top 5 Boston Red Sox center fielders of all-time. Like all lists at The Baseball Scholar, this is based on seasons from 1901 and after. If a player played for a franchise prior to 1901 those seasons (and his age during those seasons) will be listed but his stats during those seasons will not be listed nor will they be factored into his ranking. For a player to be eligible he had to have at least 1,500 plate appearances. Lastly, players are only eligible for one position so if they played multiple positions for a franchise they will be listed at the position I feel they had the most success. If you think I missed someone or have them in the wrong order, comment below.


  1. Tris Speaker
    • Age: 19 – 27
    • Years: 1907 – 1915

    Tris Speaker
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    55.4 163 1065 4551 3935 704 1327 241 106 39 542 267 54 459 61 .337 .405 .482 .887

  2. Fred Lynn
    • Age: 22 – 28
    • Years: 1974 – 1980

    Fred Lynn
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    32.0 142 828 3513 3062 523 944 217 29 124 521 43 25 382 394 .308 .386 .520 .906

  3. Reggie Smith
    • Age: 21 – 28
    • Years: 1966 – 1973

    Reggie Smith
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    34.3 129 1014 4264 3780 592 1064 204 33 149 536 84 53 425 498 .281 .357 .471 .828

  4. Dom DiMaggio
    • Age: 23 – 25, 29 – 36
    • Years: 1940 – 1942, 1946 – 1953

    Dom DiMaggio
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    32.1 112 1399 6478 5640 1046 1680 308 57 87 618 100 62 750 571 .298 .380 .419 .799

  5. Jacoby Ellsbury
    • Age: 23 – 29
    • Years: 2007 – 2013

    Jacoby Ellsbury
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    21.1 109 715 3194 2912 476 865 155 31 65 314 241 46 220 411 .297 .351 .439 .790

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