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

List RulesWhether 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.

  • Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays
    259
    79

    PositionInfielder

    BirthplaceTulare, 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 Angels,  ...more
  • Texas Rangers
    48
    20

    PositionDesignated hitter, Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceCovina, California

    BatsRight-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 Phillies,  ...more
  • Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    164
    78

    PositionRight fielder

    BirthplaceEureka, Illinois

    BatsAmbidexterity

    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 previously  ...more
  • Atlanta Braves
    22
    9

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight-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 Atlanta  ...more
  • Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers
    46
    22

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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 played  ...more
  • Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies
    44
    21

    PositionDesignated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceHato 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 Baseball  ...more
  • Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers
    30
    15

    PositionSecond baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-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, Philadelphia  ...more
  • Washington Nationals
    20
    10

    PositionSecond baseman

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    BatsRight

    Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Pittsburgh  ...more
  • St. Louis Cardinals
    28
    15

    PositionUtility Infielder

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    BatsLeft-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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  • Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves
    26
    14

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder, Infielder, Catcher, First baseman

    BirthplaceNew 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 major league  ...more
  • Houston colt .45s, Boston Red Sox
    10
    5

    PositionManager, Infielder

    BirthplaceLufkin, Texas

    James Edward "Pete" Runnels (January 28, 1928 – May 20, 1991) was an American Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Washington Senators (1951–57), Boston Red Sox (1958–62) and Houston  ...more
  • Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres
    19
    11

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    BatsRight-handed

    Mark David Loretta (born August 14, 1971) is an American former professional baseball infielder and current bench coach for the Chicago Cubs. He played fifteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB)  ...more
  • Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles
    22
    13

    PositionOutfielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Mark Tremell McLemore (born October 4, 1964) is a former second baseman and utility player in Major League Baseball.  ...more
  • San Diego Padres, Kansas City Royals
    17
    11

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Leon Joseph "Bip" Roberts (born October 27, 1963) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman and outfielder who played from 1986 to 1998 for the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City  ...more
  • Oakland Athletic
    14
    9

    PositionSecond Baseman

    BirthplaceSalem, Oregon

    BatsSwitch

    Jed Carlson Lowrie (born April 17, 1984) is an American professional baseball infielder for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox, Houston  ...more
  • Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs
    14
    9

    PositionRight fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder, Second baseman

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Anthony Darrell Womack (born September 25, 1969) is a former professional baseball player. He played all or part of thirteen seasons in Major League Baseball, with most of his career spent with the  ...more
  • Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies
    33
    23

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceBaní, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-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 (MLB)  ...more
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
    66
    49

    PositionShortstop, Second Base

    BirthplaceVirginia Beach, Virginia

    BatsRight-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 played  ...more

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  • Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals
    15
    10

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceBurlingame, California, USA

    Gregory Scott Jefferies (born August 1, 1967) is a retired infielder/outfielder in Major League Baseball who had a 14-year career from 1987 to 2000. He was a highly touted prospect who became the  ...more
  • 20

    Mariano Duncan

    Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers
    23
    16

    PositionSecond baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceSan 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 during his  ...more
  • Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    32
    24

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Center fielder, Third baseman

    BirthplaceLeary, Georgia

    BatsAmbidexterity

    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
  • Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets
    21
    16

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, First baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceYaracuy, Venezuela

    BatsRight-handed

    Melvin Mora Diaz (born February 2, 1972) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and  ...more

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers
    12
    9

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

    BirthplaceTennessee, Nashville, USA

    James William "Junior" Gilliam (October 17, 1928 – October 8, 1978) was an American second baseman, third baseman, and coach in Negro League and Major League Baseball who spent his entire major  ...more
  • 24

    José Oquendo

    St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets
    75
    65

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder

    BirthplaceRío 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 currently  ...more
  • Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres
    21
    17

    PositionShortstop

    BirthplaceSan 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, setting a nine-year  ...more