List of Major League Baseball career assists leaders

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) prior to the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

Rabbit Maranville is the all-time leader with 8,967 career assists. Ozzie Smith (8,375), Cal Ripken Jr. (8,214), Bill Dahlen (8,138), Omar Vizquel (8,050), and Luis Aparicio (8,016) are the only other players to record more than 8,000 career assists.

Rabbit Maranville 1914
Rabbit Maranville, the all-time leader in assists.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 As) Number of recorded assists during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
A Total career assists.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List

Robinson Canó with Mariners in Houston on July 2, 2014
Robinson Canó, the active leader and 58th all time in assists.
  • Stats updated as of July 16, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 As) A
1 Rabbit Maranville * 8,967
2 Ozzie Smith * 8,375
3 Cal Ripken Jr. * 8,214
4 Bill Dahlen 8,138
5 Omar Vizquel 8,050
6 Luis Aparicio * 8,016
7 Eddie Collins * 7,716
8 Luke Appling * 7,543
9 Tommy Corcoran 7,509
10 Bobby Wallace * 7,465
11 Frankie Frisch * 7,170
12 Charlie Gehringer * 7,091
13 Dave Concepción 7,024
14 Joe Morgan * 6,969
15 Bid McPhee * 6,923
16 Larry Bowa 6,864
17 Rogers Hornsby * 6,842
18 Honus Wagner * 6,782
19 Bill Mazeroski * 6,694
20 Nap Lajoie * 6,691
21 Lou Whitaker 6,653
22 Ryne Sandberg * 6,648
23 Frank White 6,629
24 Derek Jeter 6,605
25 Dave Bancroft * 6,604
26 Roberto Alomar * 6,536
27 Don Kessinger 6,453
28 George Davis * 6,429
29 Nellie Fox * 6,385
30 Dick Bartell 6,348
31 Willie Randolph 6,339
32 Roger Peckinpaugh 6,338
33 Herman Long 6,335
34 Bert Campaneris 6,323
35 Germany Smith 6,304
36 Donie Bush 6,286
37 Alan Trammell * 6,265
38 Chris Speier 6,259
39 Roy McMillan 6,233
40 Brooks Robinson * 6,220
41 Miguel Tejada 6,193
42 Jimmy Rollins 6,139
43 Pee Wee Reese * 6,131
44 Garry Templeton 6,078
45 Joe Cronin * 6,052
46 Jack Glasscock 5,951
Joe Tinker * 5,951
48 Jeff Kent 5,918
49 Royce Clayton 5,904
50 Bobby Grich 5,891
Rank Player (2019 As) A
51 Dick Groat 5,864
Barry Larkin * 5,864
53 Mark Belanger 5,831
54 Billy Herman * 5,823
55 Bill Russell 5,713
56 Bobby Doerr * 5,710
57 Édgar Rentería 5,706
58 Robinson Canó (114) 5,705
59 Alex Rodriguez 5,681
60 Craig Biggio * 5,671
61 Jay Bell 5,609
62 Mickey Doolan 5,585
63 Tony Fernández 5,544
64 Fred Pfeffer 5,530
65 Maury Wills 5,512
66 Ed Brinkman 5,500
67 Red Schoendienst * 5,466
68 Billy Jurges 5,446
69 Orlando Cabrera 5,445
70 Leo Cárdenas 5,429
71 Monte Cross 5,378
72 Ozzie Guillén 5,375
73 Kid Gleason 5,324
74 George McBride 5,316
75 Alfredo Griffin 5,309
76 Graig Nettles 5,295
77 Art Fletcher 5,254
78 Del Pratt 5,238
79 Joe Sewell * 5,230
80 Ian Kinsler (152) 5,216
81 Johnny Evers * 5,215
82 Mike Schmidt * 5,193
83 Adrián Beltré 5,187
84 Travis Jackson * 5,178
85 Buddy Myer 5,152
86 Hughie Critz 5,145
87 Jimmy Dykes 5,139
88 Arky Vaughan * 5,119
89 Tim Foli 5,108
90 Everett Scott 5,060
91 John Montgomery Ward * 5,050
92 Buddy Bell 5,009
93 Mark Grudzielanek 4,975
94 Brandon Phillips (0) 4,971
95 Toby Harrah 4,965
96 Claude Ritchey 4,958
97 Ed McKean 4,945
98 Tony Lazzeri * 4,944
99 Jim Gantner 4,942
100 Greg Gagne 4,934

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

Adrián Beltré

Adrián Beltré Pérez (born April 7, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman. Originally signed as an amateur free agent, he made his Major League Baseball (MLB) debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998 at age 19. He subsequently played for the Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, and Texas Rangers. He batted and threw right-handed. He became one of the most all-around accomplished players in history; he ranks 13th in defensive Wins Above Replacement and was the fourth third baseman to reach 400 home runs and 1,500 runs batted in. Beltré was a four-time selection for the Silver Slugger Award and MLB All-Star Game, and a five-time winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

Beltré is the all-time hits leader among foreign-born players. The fifth major leaguer to hit at least 100 home runs for three teams, he hit at least 20 home runs in 12 seasons, and in five, drove in at least 100 runs. He hit a major league-leading 48 home runs while playing for the Dodgers in 2004, was the team MVP of the Red Sox in 2010, and tied for the major league lead in hits in 2013 while playing for the Rangers. Sharing the record as one of four major leaguers to hit for the cycle three times, Beltré was the only one to hit three at the same stadium, Globe Life Park in Arlington. He was the sixth player with a three-home-run game in both the regular season and postseason, and the second with both a three-home-run game and cycle in the same week. On July 30, 2017, he became the 31st player in MLB history to reach 3,000 hits, and the first from the Dominican Republic.When he retired, Beltré ranked in the top ten all-time at his position in games played, assists, putouts, and double plays. Beltré was the second-to-last active player to have played in the 1990s; at his retirement, former Rangers teammate Bartolo Colón became the last.

Craig Biggio

Craig Alan Biggio (; born December 14, 1965) is an American former second baseman, outfielder and catcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career from 1988 through 2007 for the Houston Astros. A seven-time National League (NL) All-Star often regarded as the greatest all-around player in Astros history, he is the only player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base. With longtime teammates Jeff Bagwell and Lance Berkman, he formed the core of the "Killer B's" who led Houston to six playoff appearances from 1997 to 2005, culminating in the franchise's first World Series appearance in 2005. At the end of his career he ranked sixth in NL history in games played (2,850), fifth in at bats (10,876), twenty-first in hits (3,060), and seventh in runs scored (1,844). His 668 career doubles ranked fifth in major league history, and are the most ever by a right-handed hitter; his 56 doubles in 1999 were the most in the major leagues in 63 years.

Biggio, who batted .300 four times and scored 100 runs eight times, holds Astros franchise records for most career games, at bats, hits, runs scored, doubles, total bases (4,711) and extra base hits (1,014), and ranks second in runs batted in (1,175), walks (1,160) and stolen bases (414). He also holds the NL record for most times leading off a game with a home run (53), and is one of only five players with 250 home runs and 400 steals. A four-time Gold Glove Award winner who led NL second basemen in assists six times and putouts five times, he retired ranking fourth in NL history in games at second base (1,989), sixth in assists (5,448) and fielding percentage (.984), seventh in putouts (3,992) and double plays (1,153), and eighth in total chances (9,596). He was the ninth player in the 3,000 hit club to collect all his hits with one team. Biggio also led the NL in times hit by pitch five times, with his career total of 285 trailing only Hughie Jennings' 287 in major league history.

One of the most admired players of his generation, Biggio received the 2005 Hutch Award for perseverance through adversity and the 2007 Roberto Clemente Award for sportsmanship and community service. The Astros retired the number 7 in his honor the year following his retirement. Since 2008, Biggio has served as special assistant to the general manager of the Astros. He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015, and is the first member of the Hall to be depicted in an Astros uniform on his plaque.

Jimmy Rollins

James Calvin Rollins (born November 27, 1978), nicknamed "J-Roll", is an American former professional baseball shortstop, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (2000–2014), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015), and Chicago White Sox (2016).

After growing up in Alameda, California, and attending Encinal High School, Rollins was drafted by the Phillies in the second round of the 1996 MLB draft. After spending most of five seasons with Phillies minor league teams, he made his big league debut on September 17, 2000.

At the MLB level, it wasn’t long before Rollins earned recognition as an excellent defensive shortstop. In 2001, he became the Phillies' leadoff hitter, a role he retained for almost ten years. Rollins made three All-Star Game appearances in his career. While with the Phillies, he compiled a 38-game hitting streak, which spanned the end of the 2005 season and the start of the 2006 season, the longest in team history. Rollins was named the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2007, as the Phillies won their division in the first of five consecutive seasons. He was also a key component of the 2008 World Series champion team that defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.In his career, Rollins led the NL four times in triples, and once each in runs, stolen bases, and stolen base percentage. As of 2018, he was the Phillies career leader in at bats (8,628), hits (2,306), doubles (479), and power-speed number (292.5), second in games played (2,090) and stolen bases (453), and third in runs scored (1,325), triples (111), and stolen base percentage (82.66). Rollins won the Gold Glove Award four times, as well as the Silver Slugger Award, and the Roberto Clemente Award (once each).

Miguel Tejada

Miguel Odalis Tejada (born Tejeda, May 25, 1974) is a Dominican former professional baseball shortstop who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for six different teams, most notably the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles, before short stints with the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals.

Tejada spent his first six seasons in MLB with the Athletics, where he began a streak of 1,152 consecutive games that ended with the Orioles on June 22, 2007. He is a six-time All-Star and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. In 2002, he won the American League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, and was the 2005 All-Star Game MVP. Tejada's nickname is "La Guagua", which means "the bus" in certain Spanish dialects, as Tejada was known for his ability to drive in runs.

On February 11, 2009, he pleaded guilty to one count of perjury for lying to Congress in his testimony on whether Rafael Palmeiro lied about his steroid use. On August 17, 2013, MLB suspended Tejada for 105 games for violating MLB drug policy. It was the third-longest non-lifetime suspension ever issued by MLB for a drug-related violation.

Omar Vizquel

Omar Enrique Vizquel González (Spanish pronunciation: [oˈmaɾ βisˈkel]; born April 24, 1967), nicknamed "Little O", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball shortstop. During his 24-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career, Vizquel played for the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays. In Venezuela he played for Leones del Caracas. From 2014 to 2017, he was the Detroit Tigers' first-base, infield and baserunning coach.

Widely considered one of baseball's all-time best fielding shortstops, Vizquel won eleven Gold Glove Awards, including nine consecutive from 1993–2001. Among shortstops, his .985 fielding percentage is tied for highest all-time, he is the all-time leader in games played, and the all-time leader in double plays turned. Vizquel tied Cal Ripken, Jr.'s American League record for most consecutive games at shortstop without an error (95, between September 26, 1999 and July 21, 2000), since surpassed. Vizquel is the all-time hits leader among players from Venezuela (2,877; 43rd all-time), and the shortstop with the third-most hits all time, behind Derek Jeter and Honus Wagner. Vizquel is the sacrifice hit leader of the live-ball era.

At the time of his retirement, Vizquel was the oldest player in the Major Leagues, and the only active player with service time in the 1980s. He is one of only 29 players in baseball history to play in Major League games in four decades, and the only one who played shortstop. On May 7, 2012, Vizquel became the oldest player to play at shortstop in the Major League history, surpassing Bobby Wallace, who played 12 games with the St. Louis Cardinals at the age of 44 in 1918.

Robinson Canó

Robinson José Canó Mercedes (Spanish pronunciation: [ka'no]; born October 22, 1982) is a Dominican-American professional baseball second baseman for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the New York Yankees on May 3, 2005, played for them through the 2013 season, and was a member of their 2009 World Series winning team over the Philadelphia Phillies. He played for the Seattle Mariners from 2014 through 2018. He has represented the Dominican Republic in international play, including winning both the gold medal and Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament.

From San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic, the Yankees signed Canó as an amateur free agent on January 5, 2001. He is an eight-time MLB All-Star, five-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and two-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was the 2017 All-Star Game MVP and the 2011 Home Run Derby winner. Along with WBC teammates Octavio Dotel and Santiago Casilla, Canó became one of the first four players to have won both a World Series and World Baseball Classic. On December 6, 2013, Canó signed a 10-year, $240 million USD deal with the Mariners.

In 2018, Canó was suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball’s joint drug agreement for his use of furosemide. After the 2018 season, he was traded to the Mets.

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