List of Major League Baseball career assists leaders

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Rabbit Maranville, the all-time leader in assists.

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.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2018 As) Number of recorded assists during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
A Total career assists.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List

Robinson Canó, the active leader and 61st all time in assists.
  • Stats updated as of the 2018 season.
Rank Player (2018 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 (2018 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 Alex Rodriguez 5,681
59 Craig Biggio * 5,671
60 Jay Bell 5,609
61 Robinson Canó (151) 5,591
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 Johnny Evers * 5,215
81 Mike Schmidt * 5,193
82 Adrián Beltré (145) 5,187
83 Travis Jackson * 5,178
84 Buddy Myer 5,152
85 Hughie Critz 5,145
86 Jimmy Dykes 5,139
87 Arky Vaughan * 5,119
88 Tim Foli 5,108
89 Ian Kinsler (310) 5,064
90 Everett Scott 5,060
91 John Montgomery Ward * 5,050
92 Buddy Bell 5,009
93 Mark Grudzielanek 4,975
94 Brandon Phillips (2) 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

  • Baseball-Reference.com
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