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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, and are amongst the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated during their respective eras 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.

Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the MLB all time hits, with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood the time since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, Babe Ruth, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, would rank in the 40s. Ruth holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base percentage stats. Lou Gehrig 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 the best baseball hitters of all time? Do we give some love to current top baseball players like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!

list ordered by
1
4,300 1,407
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers
2
5,293 1,858
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees
3
3,256 1,364
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns
4
5,149 2,421
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox
5
3,319 2,040
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals
6
3,790 1,251
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
7
2,422 1,022
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics
8
1,869 833
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants
9
2,597 1,099
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates
10
2,214 922
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians
11
3,023 1,803
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
12
1,805 757
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts
13
1,770 818
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants
14
2,696 1,375
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
15
2,658 1,098
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps
16
2,857 1,926
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves
17
2,762 1,968
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets
18
1,796 1,356
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies
19
1,505 763
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants
20
2,142 2,169
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals
21
1,574 849
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps
22
1,655 1,026
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates
23
2,440 1,581
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres
24
1,855 1,289
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers
25
1,561 1,286
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels