Pittsburgh Pirates: Top Five Center Fielders in Franchise History
By Noah Wright
Number Two – Max Carey
Max Carey comes in at number two, and for a good reason. Carey was with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 17 of the 20 seasons he played in the MLB. Overall, Carey racked up 9,656 plate appearances in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. In those 17 seasons, Carey posted a .287/.363/.391 line, and 111 OPS+/113 wRC+.
Carey was a defensive wizard with the Pittsburgh Pirates. From 1910 to 1926, the speedy outfielder had a grand total of +79 total zone runs above average. He also had a great arm, racking up 312 outfield assists.
Like I said, Carey was fast, and that might be an understatement. Max led the league in stolen bases eight different times with the Pirates. All told, he stole 688 total bags during his 17 year tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Carey was also a member of the 1925 World Series Champion Pirates. In 1961, he was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.