The All-Time Best Shortstops Baseball Players

The All-Time Best Shortstops

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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?

List Criteria: Only shortstops and no other infield positions.

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Honus Wagner

    1874 More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Cal Ripken, Jr.

    1960 More
    94
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    1931 More
    93
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    1954 More
    91
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    1974 More
    89
  6. 6
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    1955 More
    85
  7. 7
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    1964 More
    79
  8. 8
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    1918 More
    75
  9. 9
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    1948 More
    73
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Shortstop
  10. 10
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    1958 More
    72
    added by: ChangesDownClub
    Shortstop
  11. 11
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    Down 11
    1967 More
    68
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    controversial
    Phil Rizzuto

    1917 More
    66
  13. 13
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    1880 More
    62
  14. 14
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    1934 More
    60
  15. 15
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    niche appeal
    Lou Boudreau

    1917 More
    59
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    1907 More
    58
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    niche appeal
    Arky Vaughan

    1912 More
    58
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    1973 More
    57
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    Rabbitt Maranville

    49
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    1942 More
    49
  21. 21
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Hanley Ramírez

    1983 More
    48
  22. 22
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    Down 12
    1978 More
    47
  23. 23
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    1945 More
    46
  24. 24
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    1974 More
    45
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    1932 More
    45
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    new! Pop Lloyd

    43
    added by: SteveFrediani
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    1974 More
    41
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    1942 More
    41
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    1944 More
    41
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    1989 More
    39
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    often listed
    Edgar Rentería

    1975 More
    39
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