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
1,526 454
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
1,049 349
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

3
1,032 343
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

4
968 307
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

5
725 260
Frankie Frisch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

6
656 183
Tony Lazzeri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers

7
731 274
Nellie Fox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston colt .45s, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

8
1,064 811
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

9
1,139 811
Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox

10
993 1,073
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Houston colt .45s, San Francisco Giants

11
1,017 1,024
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Brooklyn Dodgers

12
529 172
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

13
705 754
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

14
607 259
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

15
603 595
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston Astros

16
320 153
Joe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

17
469 460
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

18
520 527
Chase Utley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies

19
529 495
Robinson Canó is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
gamedemon24 added New York Yankees

20
193 137
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

21
322 374
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays

22
445 359
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

23
209 241
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, California Angels

24
246 161
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Braves

25
260 275
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
371 258
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
AndrewHaney1 added

27
150 139
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

28
176 214
Davey Lopes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics

29
171 158
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
JamesRWilson added Kansas City Royals

30
79 76
Cupid Childs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos

31
74 56
Larry Doyle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

32
98 120
Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

33
176 206
Brandon Phillips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

34
141 140
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Texas Rangers

35
115 46
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

36
118 136
Alfonso Soriano is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Washington Nationals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers

37
93 112
Steve Sax is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics

38
87 125
Manny Trillo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
AriBenarroch added Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants

39
87 126
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

40
112 85
Bobby Richardson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
jerpol added New York Yankees

41
77 109
Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks

42
173 120
Roberto Alamar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
tenpinalleync added Roberto Alamar

43
93 175
Chuck Knoblauch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees

44
27 51
Ross Barnes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
slaft added Chicago White Stockings, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Caps

45
84 89
Bret Boone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins

46
91 104
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

47
48 59
Ted Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
slaft added Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

48
73 62
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
49 62
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
72 53
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