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Top 10 Right Fielders in Major League Baseball History

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In little league, right field is where coaches often hide their worst player. That, of course, is not the case in the big leagues. Right fielders historically have big power bats and big throwing arms. But not all of the players on this list of the top 10 right fielders of all-time have that exact skill set. A look at the top 10 who played the majority of their careers in right field:

1. Babe Ruth

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Boston Red Sox (1914-19), New York Yankees (1920-34), Boston Braves (1935)

Many of his records have been surpassed, but the Bambino is the central figure in the history of the sport. The stats alone -- .342 career batting average, the mythical 714 home runs, .690 slugging percentage (he has a phenomenal career OPS of 1.164, No. 1 all-time) -- are enough for No. 1 on this list. Add to that what he meant to the sport's popularity, his seven World Series titles (four with the Yankees and three with the Red Sox from 1915-18).

And he's also among the top 10 left-handed pitchers of all-time, too, going 94-46 with a 2.28 ERA before moving to right field full-time.

2. Hank Aaron

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Milwaukee Braves (1954-65), Atlanta Braves (1966-76), Milwaukee Brewers (1975-76)

The home run king between Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds (and some say the rightful No. 1) was so consistently strong at the plate that he almost snuck up on Ruth's records. He hit 24 or more home runs for 19 consecutive years (1955-73) and was on the NL All-Star team in every year from 1955 through 1975. He's still No. 1 all-time in RBI (2,297).

    3. Frank Robinson

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    Cincinnati Reds (1956-65), Baltimore Orioles (1966-71), Los Angeles Dodgers (1972), California Angels (1973-74), Cleveland Indians (1974-76)

    He was among the most feared sluggers of all-time, winning the Triple Crown in 1966 (.316, 49 HR, 122 RBI) and is the only player to win MVP honors in both leagues. He hit 586 career homers in 21 seasons. He also was the first black man to manage a big-league team in Cleveland, one of four teams he managed in his long career in baseball.

    4. Mel Ott

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    New York Giants (1926-47)

    He would have a tendency to be forgotten on this list of immortals, but Ott belongs. The Giants great, who stood just 5-9, hit .304 in his career and was the first National Leaguer to hit 500 homers, finishing his career with 511. He led the NL in homers six times.

    5. Roberto Clemente

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    Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972)

    Clemente was perhaps the perfect right fielder, with a cannon for an arm, speed in the field and on the bases, and he hit for power and average. Clemente, an icon in his homeland of Puerto Rico, won four National League batting titles and amassed exactly 3,000 hits. A 12-time All-Star, he hit 240 career home runs.

      6. Ichiro Suzuki

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      Orix Blue Wave, Japan (1992-2000), Seattle Mariners (2001-)

      Too high on this list? Ichiro, in just 10 big-league seasons, has already showed he's one of the greatest hitters ever, the only player with 10 200-hit seasons in a row. Combined with his statistics in Japan, Ichiro has more than 3,500 hits entering the 2011 season, and is on pace to pass Pete Rose for most career hits if you combine Japan and MLB stats. Also has a great arm and prolific speed. He enters the 2011 season with a .331 career batting average.

      7. Al Kaline

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      Detroit Tigers (1953-74)

      One of the all-time Detroit greats, he was a batting champ at age 20, won 10 Gold Gloves and had 3,007 hits and 399 home runs. He did everything well, and hit .379 with two homers in the 1968 World Series.

      8. Reggie Jackson

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      Kansas City A's (1967), Oakland A's (1968-75, 1987), Baltimore Orioles (1976), New York Yankees (1977-81), California Angels (1982-86)

      There was no more feared hitter in the American League for 21 seasons. He hit 563 career homers, and was one of the greatest clutch hitters ever. His three-home run game in the 1977 World Series ranks as one of the great individual performances of all-time in the World Series and he hit 18 playoff homers, earning him the nickname "Mr. October." He's also first all-time in strikeouts.

      9. Vladimir Guerrero

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      Montreal Expos (1996-2003), Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels (2004-09), Texas Rangers (2010)

      A more powerful version of Roberto Clemente, but from the Dominican Republic, Guerrero is climbing the career statistics lists. He was a five-tool wonder with the Expos with his speed, arm and power, and enters the 2011 season with a .320 batting average and 436 home runs in 15 seasons. He won the 2004 American League MVP award, batting .337 with 39 homers in his first season in the AL, and helped lead the Rangers to their first pennant in 2010.

      10. Tony Gwynn

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      San Diego Padres (1982-2001)

      Gwynn was one of the great pure hitters all-time, batting .338 in his career with eight batting titles. He batted .394 in 1994 and had 3,141 career hits. He also stole 319 career bases.

      The next five: Paul Waner, Harry Heilmann, Dave Winfield, Sam Crawford, Andre Dawson.

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