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
1,444 450
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
973 339
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

3
960 335
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

4
899 296
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

5
664 250
Frankie Frisch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

6
592 172
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
1,039 759
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

8
1,110 760
Roberto Alomar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox

9
669 262
Nellie Fox is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston colt .45s, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

10
975 1,004
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
1,004 957
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Brooklyn Dodgers

12
467 166
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

13
692 725
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

14
572 251
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

15
595 567
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston Astros

16
463 435
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

17
291 148
Joe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

18
513 506
Chase Utley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies

19
521 475
Robinson Canó is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
gamedemon24 added New York Yankees

20
320 349
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
437 341
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

22
204 222
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, California Angels

23
258 256
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
230 151
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
167 133
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

26
357 243
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
AndrewHaney1 added

27
171 201
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
130 134
Billy Herman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

29
167 151
Frank White is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
JamesRWilson added Kansas City Royals

30
94 111
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
61 74
Cupid Childs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos

32
59 54
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
172 199
Brandon Phillips is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds

34
137 134
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Texas Rangers

35
116 129
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
102 41
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

37
87 119
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
91 107
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
84 123
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

40
77 106
Carlos Baerga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Arizona Diamondbacks

41
106 84
Bobby Richardson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
jerpol added New York Yankees

42
169 118
Roberto Alamar is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
tenpinalleync added Roberto Alamar

43
83 84
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
92 172
Chuck Knoblauch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees

45
89 99
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
chile6880 added Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

46
48 57
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
25 49
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
70 60
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
48 61
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
67 51
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