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
1,722 466
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
1,227 368
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

3
1,209 361
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

4
1,141 328
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

5
877 292
Frankie Frisch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals

6
816 211
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
889 307
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
1,289 878
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
1,199 891
Ryne Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

10
675 188
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

11
1,073 1,225
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Houston colt .45s, San Francisco Giants

12
1,088 1,173
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Brooklyn Dodgers

13
766 836
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

14
433 164
Joe Gordon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

15
695 304
Bill Mazeroski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates

16
658 673
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Houston Astros

17
499 532
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Detroit Tigers

18
287 146
Johnny Evers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

19
555 616
Chase Utley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies

20
569 573
Robinson Canó is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
gamedemon24 added New York Mets

21
233 260
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Baltimore Orioles, California Angels

22
350 398
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays

23
290 172
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Braves

24
478 389
Dustin Pedroia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Boston Red Sox

25
281 295
Willie Randolph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates