List of Major League Baseball career putouts leaders

In baseball statistics, a putout (denoted by PO or fly out when appropriate) is given to a defensive player who records an out by a Tagging a runner with the ball when he is not touching a base (a tagout), catching a batted or thrown ball and tagging a base to put out a batter or runner (a Force out), catching a thrown ball and tagging a base to record an out on an appeal play, catching a third strike (a strikeout), catching a batted ball on the fly (a flyout), or being positioned closest to a runner called out for interference.

Jake Beckley is the all-time leader in career putouts with 23,743. Cap Anson (22,572), Ed Konetchy (21,378), Eddie Murray (21,265), Charlie Grimm (20,722), and Stuffy McInnis (20,120) are the only other players to record 20,000 career putouts.

Jake Beckley plaque
Jake Beckley, the all-time leader in career putouts.

Key

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

List

Albert Pujols on April 14, 2012
Albert Pujols, the active leader in putouts and 31st all time.
  • Stats updated as of July 16, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO
1 Jake Beckley * 23,743
2 Cap Anson * 22,572
3 Ed Konetchy 21,378
4 Eddie Murray * 21,265
5 Charlie Grimm 20,722
6 Stuffy McInnis 20,120
7 Mickey Vernon 19,819
8 Jake Daubert 19,634
9 Lou Gehrig * 19,525
10 Joe Kuhel 19,386
11 Joe Judge 19,265
12 Steve Garvey 19,004
13 Fred McGriff 18,985
14 George Sisler * 18,914
15 Todd Helton 18,905
16 Wally Pipp 18,779
17 Mark Grace 18,503
18 Hal Chase 18,346
19 Jim Bottomley * 18,337
20 Fred Tenney 18,278
21 Andrés Galarraga 18,224
22 Rafael Palmeiro 18,128
23 Roger Connor * 18,115
24 Keith Hernandez 17,916
25 Jimmie Foxx * 17,797
26 Chris Chambliss 17,771
27 Willie McCovey * 17,567
28 Jeff Bagwell * 17,546
29 George Burns 16,970
30 Will Clark 16,695
31 Albert Pujols (349) 16,532
32 Tommy Tucker 16,433
33 Dan Brouthers * 16,422
34 John Olerud 16,165
35 Wally Joyner 16,081
36 Bill Terry * 15,999
37 Paul Konerko 15,965
38 Harry Davis 15,866
39 Gil Hodges 15,722
40 Lu Blue 15,647
41 George Scott 15,601
42 Fred Merkle 15,513
43 Carlos Delgado 15,236
44 Norm Cash 15,173
45 Tony Pérez * 15,127
46 Bill Buckner 15,126
47 Tino Martinez 15,001
48 Mark Teixeira 14,989
49 Adrian Gonzalez 14,983
50 Iván Rodríguez * 14,922
Rank Player (2019 POs) PO
51 Derrek Lee 14,910
52 Johnny Mize * 14,862
53 Orlando Cepeda * 14,829
54 George Kelly * 14,690
55 Mark McGwire 14,464
56 Don Mattingly 14,270
57 Ernie Banks * 14,206
58 Eric Karros 14,056
59 Charles Comiskey * 13,907
60 Frank McCormick 13,803
Dan McGann 13,803
62 Kent Hrbek 13,725
63 Dolph Camilli 13,724
64 Joe Adcock 13,678
65 Rod Carew * 13,510
66 George McQuinn 13,414
67 Cecil Cooper 13,361
68 Elbie Fletcher 13,237
69 Yadier Molina (577) 13,195
70 John Mayberry 13,169
71 Fred Luderus 13,126
72 Gus Suhr 13,104
73 Jason Kendall 13,067
74 Lee May 13,029
75 Bill White 13,015
76 George Stovall 12,895
77 Brad Ausmus 12,856
78 J.T. Snow 12,855
79 Kitty Bransfield 12,805
80 Boog Powell 12,796
81 Ted Kluszewski 12,652
82 A. J. Pierzynski 12,600
83 Dick Hoblitzell 12,591
84 Jack Fournier 12,535
85 Candy LaChance 12,506
86 Gary Carter * 12,490
87 Stan Musial * 12,439
88 Phil Cavarretta 12,435
89 Joey Votto (568) 12,420
90 Pete Rose 12,394
91 Ryan Howard 12,351
92 Rudy York 12,308
93 Walter Holke 12,158
94 Hal Trosky 12,125
95 Adam LaRoche 12,072
96 Earl Sheely 12,067
97 Bill Skowron 12,052
98 Brian McCann (408) 11,932
99 Jason Thompson 11,818
100 Lyle Overbay 11,760

Notes

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

References

A. J. Pierzynski

Anthony John Pierzynski (; born December 30, 1976) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Minnesota Twins (1998–2003), San Francisco Giants (2004), Chicago White Sox (2005–2012), Texas Rangers (2013), Boston Red Sox (2014), St. Louis Cardinals (2014) and Atlanta Braves (2015–2016). Pierzynski is one of only ten catchers in Major League history to reach 2,000 hits in his career.Pierzynski is known for having a strong and colorful personality, a fact he acknowledges. During his turn at the microphone following the White Sox victory parade in 2005, he thanked team personnel "for putting up with me." Former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillén summed up the situation as, "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less." Guillén also acknowledged Pierzynski's value to the club, despite being relatively high-maintenance: "A.J.'s been great for me. He's worth the work because he always shows up for you."

Andrés Galarraga

Andrés José Padovani Galarraga (Spanish: [anˈdɾez ɣalaˈraɣa]; born June 18, 1961) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Montreal Expos (1985–1991 and 2002), St. Louis Cardinals (1992), Colorado Rockies (1993–1997), Atlanta Braves (1998–2000), Texas Rangers (2001), San Francisco Giants (2001 and 2003) and Anaheim Angels (2004). He batted and threw right-handed.

At six-foot-three and 235 pounds (1.91 m, 117 kg), Galarraga began his professional career in Venezuela at the age of 16. Despite several injuries that plagued Galarraga throughout his career, he was a very popular player both for his achievements on the field, and for his big and bright smile. He was nicknamed The Big Cat (textually translated from English as El Gran Gato, although his nickname in his native Venezuela was El Gato) for his impressively quick reflexes and seamless defensive skills as a first baseman in spite of his large physical size. Galarraga was a five time All-Star, won two National League Gold Glove Awards and two NL Silver Slugger Awards, and won two MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award, the second time after his successful return to baseball following cancer treatment.

Gary Carter

Gary Edmund Carter (April 8, 1954 – February 16, 2012) was an American professional baseball catcher whose 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career was spent primarily with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets.

Nicknamed "The Kid" for his youthful exuberance, Carter was named an All-Star 11 times, and was a member of the 1986 World Champion Mets.

Known throughout his career for his hitting and his excellent defense behind the plate, Carter made a major contribution to the Mets' World Series championship in 1986, including a 12th-inning single against the Houston Astros which won Game 5 of the NLCS and a 10th-inning single against the Boston Red Sox to start the fabled comeback rally in Game 6 of the World Series. He is one of only four people ever to be named captain of the Mets, and he had his number retired by the Expos.After retiring from baseball, Carter coached baseball at the college and minor-league level.

In 2003, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Carter was the first Hall of Famer whose plaque depicts him as a member of the Montreal Expos.

Iván Rodríguez

Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge", is a former Major League Baseball catcher. He played for the Texas Rangers (on two different tours, comprising the majority of his career), Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.

Rodríguez was awarded the AL MVP award in 1999. He is widely regarded as one of the best defensive catchers of all time.

Rodríguez won the World Series with the Florida Marlins in 2003, and also played in the 2006 World Series while with the Tigers. He is the major league career leader in putouts by catchers. On June 17, 2009, Rodríguez set an MLB record by catching his 2,227th game, passing Carlton Fisk. During his career, he had the best caught stealing percentage of any major league catcher, at 45.68%.On January 18, 2017, he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown in his first year of eligibility, receiving 76% of the votes cast, and was officially inducted on July 30, 2017.

Jason Kendall

Jason Daniel Kendall (born June 26, 1974) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1996 through 2010 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals. He is the son of former catcher Fred Kendall, who played in the majors from 1969–1980.

Jeff Bagwell

Jeffrey Robert Bagwell (born May 27, 1968) is an American former professional first baseman and coach who spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career with the Houston Astros. Originally a Boston Red Sox fourth-round selection from the University of Hartford as a third baseman in the 1989 amateur draft, he was then traded to the Astros in 1990. The National League (NL) Rookie of the Year in 1991, Bagwell then won the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1994, was a four-time MLB All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner and a Gold Glove recipient. Forming a core part of Astros lineups with Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman given the epithet "Killer B's", Houston finished in first or second place in the National League Central division in 11 of 12 seasons from 1994 to 2005. They qualified for the playoffs six times, culminating in Bagwell's lone World Series appearance in 2005. He was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, and to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Bagwell was part of the trade that sent relief pitcher Larry Andersen to the Red Sox, now regarded as one of the most lopsided trades in sports history. Andersen pitched just 22 innings for Boston while Bagwell hit 449 home runs for the Astros, the most in club history, among setting numerous other franchise career and single-season records. He excelled at every major aspect of the game, including hitting, on-base ability, running, defense, and throwing. One of the most consistent players of his generation, in each of his first 11 seasons, he produced no fewer than 4.7 wins above replacement (WAR) per Baseball-Reference.com. His 1994 season was perhaps his finest. As the fourth unanimous NL MVP in history, he set the record for fewest plate appearances to reach both 100 runs scored and 100 runs batted in, produced a .750 slugging percentage − the highest in the NL since 1925 − while batting a career-high .368. In 1999, he finished second in the MVP voting, producing his second career 30–30 season.

The only player in MLB history to have six consecutive seasons (1996–2001) with 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs scored, and 100 walks. Bagwell is just the fifth to achieve 300 home runs, 1,000 RBI, and 1,000 runs scored in his first 10 seasons. He is one of 12 players in history to hit 400 home runs and record an on-base percentage (OBP) of .400, and the only first baseman with at least 400 home runs and 200 stolen bases. Overall, Bagwell batted over .300 six times, had a career OBP of .408 (39th all-time) and a slugging percentage of .540 (32nd all-time). He is the only first baseman to achieve the 30–30 club more than once. His 79.6 career WAR per Baseball-Reference.com ranks sixth all-time among first basemen.

Since his playing career ended, Bagwell has served in sporadic instructor assignments with the Astros, including as hitting coach in 2010.

Jimmie Foxx

James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967), nicknamed "Double X" and "The Beast", was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies. His most productive years were with the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox, where he hit 30 or more home runs in 12 consecutive seasons and drove in more than 100 runs in 13 consecutive years.

Foxx became the second player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs, after Babe Ruth. Attaining that plateau at age 32 years 336 days, he held the record for youngest to reach 500 for sixty-eight years, until superseded by Alex Rodriguez in 2007. His three career Most Valuable Player awards are tied for second all-time. Foxx was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951.

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