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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Top 12 Left Fielders in MLB History

Top 12 Left Fielders in MLB History

Greatest left fielders of all-time!
Publish Date: 05/01/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

Top 12 Left Fielders in MLB history!

Barry Bonds and Manny Ramirez will be left off for what should be obvious reasons.

12) Lou Brock

Over 3,000 hits, a .293 lifetime batting average, and of course one of the greatest players at stealing bases. He accounted for 938 stolen bases in his career and was a six time all star.

Video: The ELECTRIFYING Lou Brock was one-of-a-kind on the field!

The ELECTRIFYING Lou Brock was one-of-a-kind on the field!

11) Tim Raines

The fact that he’s one of only four players with at least 2,500 hits, 1,500 runs and 800 stolen bases proves he was far more than Rickey Henderson Lite. Raines was one of, if not the greatest Montreal Expo of all time and one of the most underrated players in Baseball history!

Video: Tim Raines Highlights

Tim Raines Highlights

10) Jim Rice

Rice stands as one of the great Red Sox players ever. Over his 16-year career, he amassed an astounding.298 average with a.352 on-base percentage; 382 homers, 1451 RBI, 1249 runs scored, 2452 base hits and 373 doubles; eight All-Star team selections starting in left field in three of them and won back-to-back Silver Slugging Awards between 1983 and 1984.

Rice placed among the top five in MVP voting six times, including winning it during the 1978 season. That season he posted an astounding.315 average with 46 homers, 139 RBI, 121 runs scored and seven stolen bases; nearly winning Triple Crown as he finished third in both batting average and home runs/RBI totals!

Video: Jim Rice Baseball Career Highlights

Jim Rice Baseball Career Highlights

9) Ralph Kiner

One of the most underrated players in MLB history. I know he is in the hall of fame, but it seems people have forgotten about Kiner. He had a lifetime .279 batting average with 369 home runs and was a 6-time all-star, and led the league in home runs seven times.

Video: Ralph Kiner - Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

Ralph Kiner – Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

8) Willie Stargell

The all-time home run leader for the Pirates, “Pops” hit 475 homers in his 21 seasons and had a stellar career slugging percentage of .529. He led Pittsburgh to titles in the prime of his career (hitting 48 homers in 1971) and at the end (hitting 32 in 1979 and winning his only MVP at age 39). He moved to first base late in his career, but still played more games in left field.

Video: Willie Stargell - Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

Willie Stargell – Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

7) Billy Williams

Billy Williams had a stellar career for 16 seasons in Chicago, with a .290 career average, 426 homers and a career slugging average of .492. He won a batting title in 1972 (.333), when he also hit 37 homers and drove in 122. But he finished a close second to Johnny Bench in MVP voting that year.

Video: Billy Williams - Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

Billy Williams – Baseball Hall of Fame Biographies

6) Al Simmons

In his 20-year career, he had a .334 average, 307 home runs, 1827 RBI, 1507 runs scored, 2927 base hits, 539 doubles, 149 triples and 88 stolen bases. He was selected to the All-Star team three times, but it would’ve been more had there been an All-Star game in his entire career.

Video: 1934 All Star Game Pre-Game & Practice Polo Grounds NY

1934 All Star Game Pre-Game & Practice Polo Grounds NY

5) Carl Yastrzemski

In his long 23 year career, he had a .285 average, 452 home runs, 1844 RBI, 1816 runs scored, 3419 base hits, 646 doubles, 168 stolen bases and a .379 on base percentage. He was selected to an amazing 18 All-Star team’s, He won three batting titles and five on-base percentage titles.

He was also one of the best defensive outfielders ever as he won seven Gold Glove awards and is the last player to have won a Triple Crown, which he accomplished in 1967. In that season, he had a .326 average, 44 home runs, 121 RBI, 112 runs and ten stolen bases as he won his only MVP award.

Video: Yastrzemski makes amazing catch in left

Yastrzemski makes amazing catch in left

4) Rickey Henderson

The greatest leadoff hitter of all time. He’s the all-time leader in stolen bases (1,406), runs scored (2,295), and hits 297 homers. He only hit .279, but his on-base average was a stellar .401, as he was the all-time leader in walks. He won two World Series titles.

Video: Rickey Henderson - Oakland Athletics Highlights

Rickey Henderson – Oakland Athletics Highlights

3) “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

Jackson is one of the best, if not the best, hitters ever. In his 13-year career, he had a .356 average, 54 home runs, 785 RBI, 873 runs scored, 1772 base hits and 202 stolen bases. His .356 career average ranks third all-time, as he is only behind Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby. He finished in the top five in the MVP voting three times, including a second-place vote in the 1913 season. Jackson easily would have had over 3,000 hits as he was only 30 years old when he was not allowed to play anymore.

Video: Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson

2) Stan Musial

In his 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, he had a .331 average, a .417 on-base percentage, 475 home runs, 1951 RBI, 1949 runs scored, 3630 base hits, 725 doubles, 177 triples and 78 stolen bases. He was selected to a fantastic 24 All-Star teams. He won seven batting titles, six on-base percentage titles, six slugging percentage titles and seven OPS titles.

Video: Stan Musial Tribute- career highlights, greatest plays, games.

Stan Musial Tribute- career highlights, greatest plays, games.

1) Ted Williams

What puts Williams over the top isn’t just that .344 lifetime average, the .482 on-base percentage, the .634 slugging percentage or those 521 homers. He missed all three seasons, parts of two others serving in the military as a fighter pilot, and all in the prime of his career (World War II and Korea). If you give Williams 25 homers a year – a low total – for those five years, he’s approaching 700 homers, and with that career average, he rivals Babe Ruth as a hitter. The last player to hit .400 in a season (.406 in 1941).

Video: Ted Williams Highlights

Ted Williams Highlights

Honorable mention

Monte Irvin

Albert Belle

Matt Holliday

Joe Medwick

Pete Rose

Dishonorable Mention

Barry Bonds(Steroids are why he is not on the list)

Manny Ramirez (Steroids are why he is not on the list)

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