Center field: Kenny Lofton (2005, age 38)
Lofton had a very successful and strange journey through Major League Baseball. He spent his first ten seasons in Cleveland, where he was a six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner. The best base stealer in the game during the early part of his career, Lofton led the league in steals five consecutive seasons, averaging 65 thefts per year.
Following his run in Cleveland, Lofton made his way around the league, playing for 10 different teams over the final seven seasons of his career. Among them were the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, and the Phillies.
During his full season with the Phillies in 2005, Lofton hit .335 with five triples and 22 stolen bases in 110 games. His batting average was second highest in his career, behind only the .349 mark he set in 1994. Lofton’s 88% stolen base success rate was fifth-best in the National League. Lofton finished the year with 3.6 wins above replacement, making him the fifth-most valuable player on the team behind Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burell, and Bobby Abreu.
Lofton’s 2005 season was one of just two seasons between 1995 and 2007 that he did not appear in the postseason.
Lofton finished his career in 2007 where it started, hitting .283 with 15 RBI in 173 at-bats as a 40-year old with the Indians. He ranks 15th on the all-time list with 622 stolen bases. Lofton scored 1520 runs with 2428 hits and 116 triples in his career.