A diving catch or someone reaching over the wall to rob someone of a home run might get the crowd going, but nothing makes you stand up and say "wow" more than a big throw from an outfielder to nail a runner trying to advance a base.
Outfielders with strong throwing arms not only result in outs, but they make the opposition think twice about even trying to run when they have the ball in their hands.
Assists, while a somewhat useful statistic in gauging how strong someone's throwing arm is, doesn't tell the whole story—it's hard to throw someone out when they don't even try to run.
Strength is only one aspect of what makes a great throwing arm. How quickly a player can get the ball from glove to hand and on its way can sometimes make up for a deficiency in arm strength.
But all-in-all, the players on this list had an incredible combination of all those skills, making them more likely to throw straight for the base that the play was at rather then hitting the cutoff man.
Let's meet the 40 players who had the best outfield arms in the history of the game.