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List Rules MLB players with the best batting performance

The best hitters in baseball history are those who hold the all-time hitting records in Major League Baseball, change the game as we know it today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league and captivated audiences at the same time. If you were to pick a top hitter for your all-time top baseball fantasy team, you'd be silly not to select these best baseball hitters as soon as possible.

Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago. Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats. Lou Gherig is another who'd fall into that category with his major league records for the most grand slams, a figure since topped by a great modern slugger, Alex Rodriguez.

So we're left with a conundrum. Do we deem those great players from yesteryear, like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Shoeless Joe Jackson as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

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Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

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Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

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Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

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Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

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Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

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Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

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Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

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Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

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Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

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Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

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Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

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Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

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Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

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Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

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Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

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Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

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Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

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Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

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Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

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Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

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Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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George Brett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

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Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

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Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

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Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

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Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

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Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

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Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

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Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

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Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

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Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

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Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

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Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

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Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roger Connor Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

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George Sisler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Sisler St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, Washington Senators

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

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Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

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Todd Helton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies