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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!

1
3,457 1,320
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

2
2,696 958
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
3,737 1,571
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

4
1,854 823
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

5
2,267 1,304
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

6
2,314 877
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

7
2,144 960
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

8
2,047 1,022
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Mays New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

9
2,013 1,182
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

10
1,182 676
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

11
1,397 713
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
758 420
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

13
1,501 688
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

14
1,695 867
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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15
1,594 1,293
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

16
1,064 546
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

17
699 364
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

18
1,156 789
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

19
645 314
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

20
929 570
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
1,899 932
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

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22
1,681 848
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

23
1,166 784
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,467 812
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

25
863 675
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
766 575
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

27
571 356
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

28
915 805
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
687 400
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

30
476 272
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
2,100 1,162
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

32
510 325
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

33
1,017 644
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

34
1,403 977
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

35
539 405
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

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36
648 377
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

37
607 308
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

38
1,035 705
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

39
1,373 885
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

40
765 533
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

41
432 260
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

42
735 420
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
523 253
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
690 524
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

45
422 277
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

46
904 569
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

47
394 225
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
641 504
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

49
387 230
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

50
544 455
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs