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Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time? 

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Updated March 16, 2019 2.7k votes 542 voters 12k views

List Rules Whether you take WAR into account or just think they're the best all-around players, vote up baseball's best utility guys of all time.

While it may not be the most sought-after recognition or accomplishment, going down as the best utility player of all time is no easy feat. For most MLB players, they get to grow and improve at a single position—becoming all the more comfortable season after season. For utility players, however, they could be playing second base one game and move to the outfield in the next, depending on where they're needed. Regardless of where they're thrown, though, the top utility players always perform. Some may even be considered the best players in baseball right now

When you're talking the best utility player in all of baseball, it's not just those players who platoon at third. These guys can fill in just about anywhere, whether someone needs a rest or just got sent to the DL. These are players like today's Kike Hernandez and Ben Zobrist, along with the greatest utility players of old such as Rance Mulliniks and Bill Spiers. So, who are the best MLB utility players of all time? 

Check out the list of noteworthy utility players below and vote up those who you think were or are baseball's best. You can also feel free to add players that may be missing from the list.

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Rance Mulliniks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, California Angels

Position: Infielder

Birthplace: Tulare, California, United States of America

Steven Rance Mulliniks (born January 15, 1956) is a former Major League Baseball player. Originally drafted as a shortstop, Mulliniks made his major league debut in 1977 for the California ...more
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Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Position: Right fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Eureka, Illinois

Bats: Ambidexterity

Benjamin Thomas Zobrist (; born May 26, 1981), nicknamed Zorilla, is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He ...more

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José Oquendo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
José Oquendo St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets

Position: Outfielder, Infielder

Nationality: Puerto Rico

Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

José Manuel Roberto Guillermo Oquendo Contreras (born July 4, 1963), nicknamed The Secret Weapon, is a Puerto Rican former infielder and current coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). He ...more
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Howard Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Position: Left fielder, First baseman, Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida

Bats: Right-handed

Howard Joseph Kendrick III (born July 12, 1983) is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously ...more
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Marwin González ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Houston Astros

Position: Utility

Nationality: Venezuela

Birthplace: Puerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

Bats: Switch

Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the ...more
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Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Texas Rangers

Position: Designated hitter, Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Covina, California

Bats: Right-handed

Michael Brian Young (born October 19, 1976), is an American former professional baseball infielder, who played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia ...more
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Brock Holt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
KylePiper added

Position: Second baseman, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional utility infielder and outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). While ...more

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Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers

Position: Designated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hato Mayor Province, Dominican Republic

Julio César Franco Robles (born August 23, 1958), is a Dominican former professional baseball player and coach, who is a hitting coach for the farm team of the Lotte Giants of the Korea ...more

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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Enrique Javier Hernández is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros and ...more
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Tony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics

Position: Left fielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Keith Anthony Phillips (April 25, 1959 – February 17, 2016) was an American professional baseball utility player who had an 18-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career from 1982 to 1999. He ...more

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Juan Uribe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies

Position: Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

Birthplace: Baní, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

Juan Cespedes Uribe Tena (born March 22, 1979) is a Dominican former professional baseball infielder. He played shortstop, third base and second base during his career in Major League Baseball ...more
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Chone Figgins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Position: Outfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Center fielder, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Leary, Georgia

Bats: Ambidexterity

Desmond DeChone Figgins (; born January 22, 1978) is an American former professional baseball third baseman and outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of ...more
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Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Seattle Mariners

Position: Outfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Port Orchard, Washington

Bats: Right-handed

William Paul Bloomquist (; born November 27, 1977) is an American former professional baseball utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City ...more
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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Bats: Right-handed

Christopher Armand Taylor Jr. is an American professional baseball outfielder/infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He attended the University of Virginia, and ...more

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Mariano Duncan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Mariano Duncan Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays

Position: Second baseman, Shortstop

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Mariano Duncan Nalasco (born March 13, 1963 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a retired second baseman and shortstop who played for several Major League Baseball teams ...more
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Matt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added St. Louis Cardinals

Position: First baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Galveston, Texas

Bats: Left-handed

Matthew Martin Lee Carpenter (born November 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the ...more

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Plácido Polanco ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals

Position: Second baseman, Third baseman

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

Plácido Enrique Polanco (; born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, ...more
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Eduardo Núñ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?

Position: Third baseman

Nationality: Dominican Republic

Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Bats: Right-handed

Eduardo Michelle Núñez Méndez (born June 15, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He has played in MLB for the New York Yankees, ...more
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Josh Harrison is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added

Position: Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Bats: Right-handed

Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He previously played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2011–2018 and the Detroit ...more

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Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Bill Spiers Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, New York Mets

Position: Utility infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina

William James Spiers III (born June 5, 1966) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball who played primarily as a shortstop and third baseman from 1989 to 2001. He is currently an assistant ...more
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B. J. Surhoff is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles

Position: Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder, Catcher, First baseman, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

William James "B. J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964) is a former catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Over his 18-year ...more
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Martín Prado is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Atlanta Braves

Position: Left fielder, Infielder, Second baseman

Nationality: Venezuela

Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela

Bats: Right-handed

Martín Manuel Prado Bustamante (born October 27, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the ...more

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Tony Fernández is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro (born June 30, 1962), better known as Tony Fernández, is a former Dominican Major League Baseball player most noted for his defensive skills, ...more

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José Offerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers

Position: Infielder, Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

José Antonio Offerman Dono (born November 8, 1968) is a Dominican retired professional baseball player who played professional baseball for nearly 20 years. He played for 15 seasons in ...more

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Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers

Position: Infielder, Third baseman

Birthplace: Clearwater, Florida

Howard Michael Johnson (born November 29, 1960), nicknamed HoJo (the nickname of the otherwise unrelated Howard Johnson's company), is a former Major League Baseball third baseman. He played for ...more