The All-Time Best Shortstops Baseball Players
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The All-Time Best Shortstops

List Criteria: Only shortstops and no other infield positions.

Who are the all time best shortstops in Major League Baseball? That's a loaded question, because there are so many potential top candidates. This list is an attempt to compile all of them in one place. Not surprisingly, several players on this list could easily be considered some of the greatest baseball players of all time, too. Feel free to vote for the shortstops that you think are the greatest to ever play the game. You can also re-rank this list any way you like.

Many of the greatest shortstops in MLB history were split time players - meaning they spent time also playing in another position. Examples of these kinds of players listed here include the great Ernie Banks and Robin Yount: Both are MLB hall of fame players. They count. And some players on this list, including Derek Jeter, are still at it. Jeter is arguably one of the top current baseball players in the game.

What makes a great shortstop? First of all, you need an incredibly sharp-witted, athletic player in the position. A great shortstop will have consistency and stability, and a great defensive range. They should be able to run down balls in both directions, thus helping to cut back on the opposing team's runs. They also need a great arm, to be sure they can throw base runners out quickly and efficiently. And, ideally, you want a shortstop to be a great hitter. Several people on this list could be considered some of the best hitters in baseball history.

Playing shortstop is *not* easy. Everyone listed here is (or was) amazing in the position, but who earns the title of the greatest ever?
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    the people's #1
    Honus Wagner

    1874 More
    100
  2. 2
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    1931 More
    94
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Cal Ripken, Jr.

    1960 More
    94
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    1954 More
    92
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    1974 More
    90
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    1955 More
    86
  7. 7
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    often listed
    Pee Wee Reese

    1918 More
    75
  8. 8
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    Down 16
    1964 More
    69
  9. 9
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    1948 More
    68
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Shortstop
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    1958 More
    66
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Shortstop
  11. 11
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    1967 More
    65
  12. 12
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    1917 More
    61
  13. 13
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    1880 More
    57
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Luis Aparicio

    1934 More
    54
  15. 15
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    1917 More
    51
  16. 16
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    Down 10
    1912 More
    51
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    1907 More
    51
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    1973 More
    50
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    1978 More
    44
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    1942 More
    43
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    Rabbitt Maranville

    42
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hanley Ramírez

    1983 More
    42
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    1932 More
    39
  24. 24
    Up 9
    Down 5
    1945 More
    39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Miguel Tejada

    1974 More
    37
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    1944 More
    37
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    1974 More
    37
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Edgar Rentería

    1975 More
    37
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    1942 More
    35
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    new! Pop Lloyd

    29
    added by: SteveFrediani
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