Reading MLB reports can sometimes become confusing. You can find things like strikeouts, shutouts, and putouts. Although all these metrics have the word ‘out’ in them, you might be wondering about putout the most. So what does putout or PO mean in baseball?

A putout occurs when the fielder is the first to make contact with the ball. Then, that player completes the play by themselves to tag a baserunner with an out. At this point, the player that gets the PO credit doesn’t gain an assist point.

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Therefore, what’s the difference between a PO and an assist? Also, who made the most POs in MLB history? Continue reading as you dive deeper into this topic and know the answers to these questions.


Ed Konetchy was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on September 3, 1885. He grew up playing baseball in the sandlots of the city. At 19 years old, he joined the La Crosse Blackhawks.

Despite the team’s first winning season in a decade, they finished fifth in the National League, with Konetchy leading the league in hits with a .324 average and eight home runs. He also led the Cardinals in doubles in four different seasons.

He was back in the National League after being released by the Boston Red Sox. He was hittinns .300 with 4 home runs and 17 RBIs in his first season with the Mets. He had over 2000 hits by the end of 1920, and he was very high on the all-time leaderboard at that time. Konetchy was selected off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on July 4, 1921. He ended his career with 21,361 putouts.

He made his Major League debut in 1907, and he went on to have a successful career with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1911, he and his teammates were involved in a horrific train crash that killed twelve people.

Not to be confused with Eddie Murphy, Eddie Clarence Murray, also known as ‘Steady Eddie’ by fans and peers, is a former MLB designated hitter and first baseman. He spent most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. He is regarded as one of the best first basemen in the history of the game.

Murray was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003, and he is regarded as the fifth-best first base player in major league history. In 1998, he was ranked number 77 on the list of the 100 Greatest Players in Major League Baseball. He was also a finalist for the All-Century Team.

In July 2003, Murray and Carter were inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. The crowd at the ceremony was over 30,000 strong. Murray said that he never felt like he was one person, but was about the team. He told the kids that one day they would be here too. By the end of his career, Murray was able to garner 21,255 putouts.

If you want to see some great putouts, here’s a video of a compilation of some of the most notable putouts in MLB history.

A putout is recorded by touching a base before a force play, catching a fly ball, or throwing to first base. Baseball enthusiasts shouldn’t confuse the PO in putout with the ‘pitcher’s only’ tag commonly found in high school and college sports leagues. Although quite common in professional baseball, some players, like Jake Beckley, Cap Anson, and Eddie Murray, have more putouts than other athletes in MLB history.

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