Baseball The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time  

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List Rules Only players who are known primarily as second basemen and not other infield positions

The greatest 2nd basemen of all time include some of the most iconic names in MLB history. Many of the names on this list are famous players who dominated during the pre-1950s era of Major League Baseball, like Rogers Hornsby and Jackie Robinson, but a few modern-era players like Joe Morgan and Ryne Sandberg are also considered among the best. These guys are the best second basemen in the league and make some of the toughest plays look so incredibly easy, with excellent fielding skills.

Who do you think deserves the honor of the best 2nd baseman of all time? Vote for your favorite second baseman and rerank this list any way you like. The greatest second basemen of all time were slap hitters that got on base and set the table for their team. In recent years, the trend has shifted towards power, and that's changing the face of the 2-bagger dramatically. Like some of the greatest first basemen ever, these 2nd base players were true leaders on their respective teams. From Joe Morgan and Jackie Robinson (arguably two of the greatest baseball players ever) to modern players like Cano and Pedroia, every player listed here played (or plays) a key role for their team and many are power hitters.
list ordered by

1
1,301 444
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

2
841 330
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

3
832 326
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

4
771 286
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

5
555 233
Frankie Frisch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

6
1,064 672
Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox

7
979 690
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

8
952 883
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Houston colt .45s, San Francisco Giants

9
979 839
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Brooklyn Dodgers

10
471 161
Tony Lazzeri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers

11
553 250
Nellie Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston colt .45s, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

12
667 642
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

13
506 241
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

14
381 163
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

15
582 517
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston Astros

16
453 391
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

17
504 468
Chase Utley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies

18
233 145
Joe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

19
507 447
Robinson Canó is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
gamedemon24 added New York Yankees

20
312 319
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays

21
429 328
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

22
198 215
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, California Angels

23
254 246
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

24
341 216
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
AndrewHaney1 added

25
211 148
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Braves

26
143 130
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

27
165 194
Davey Lopes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics

28
161 144
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
JamesRWilson added Kansas City Royals

29
110 133
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

30
93 105
Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

31
170 194
Brandon Phillips is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

32
53 51
Larry Doyle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

33
51 70
Cupid Childs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos

34
134 130
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Texas Rangers

35
112 126
Alfonso Soriano is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

36
88 35
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

37
86 115
Manny Trillo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
AriBenarroch added Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants

38
85 107
Steve Sax is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics

39
76 102
Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks

40
101 81
Bobby Richardson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
jerpol added New York Yankees

41
80 120
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

42
165 115
Roberto Alamar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
tenpinalleync added Roberto Alamar

43
80 80
Bret Boone is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins

44
86 95
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

45
90 166
Chuck Knoblauch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees

46
43 54
Ted Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

47
21 48
Ross Barnes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
slaft added Chicago White Stockings, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Caps

48
69 57
Davey Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves

49
47 59
Phil Garner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
slaft added San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

50
62 50
Eddie Stanky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves