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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?
Steven Rance Mulliniks is a former Major League Baseball player. Originally drafted as a shortstop, Mulliniks made his major league debut in 1977 for the California Angels, batting .269 in 78 ...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?
Benjamin Thomas Zobrist, nicknamed Zorilla, is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the ...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
José Manuel Roberto Guillermo Oquendo Contreras is a former Major League Baseball infielder and the current third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is currently the longest ...more

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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Howard Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Howard Joseph Kendrick III is an American professional baseball second baseman and outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Los ...more

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Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Bill Spiers
William James Spiers III is a former infielder in Major League Baseball who played primarily as a shortstop and third baseman from 1989 to 2001. He was also a punter for Clemson University. He ...more

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Juan Uribe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Juan Cespedes Uribe Tena is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 235 pounds. He has also played for ...more

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Marwin González is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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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Melvin Mora is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Melvin Mora is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Mets, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. From ...more

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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Mariano Duncan Nalasco is a retired second baseman and shortstop who played for several Major League Baseball teams during his 12-year career. He was the infield coach and 1st base coach for the ...more

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Hubie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Hubert Brooks, Jr. is a former Major League Baseball player. He was selected third overall in the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Mets.

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Chone Figgins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Desmond DeChone "Chone" Figgins is an American professional baseball third baseman and outfielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball with the Los ...more

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Eduardo Núñez is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Eduardo Michelle Núñez Méndez is a Dominican professional baseball infielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the New ...more

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B. J. Surhoff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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William James "B. J." Surhoff is a former catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball. Over his 18-year major league career, he ...more

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Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Julio César Robles Franco is a professional infielder, designated hitter, and manager for the semi-professional Ishikawa Million Stars of the Baseball Challenge League of Japan. In 2007, ...more

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Tony Fernández is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro, better known as Tony Fernández, is a former Major League Baseball player most noted for his defensive skills, setting a nine-year record for ...more

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Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
William Paul Bloomquist is an American former professional baseball utility player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, and ...more

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Mark McLemore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Mark Tremell McLemore is a former second baseman and utility player in Major League Baseball. He played for the California Angels 1986–1990, Cleveland Indians 1990, Houston Astros 1991, ...more

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Rich Aurilia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Richard Santo Aurilia is a former Major League Baseball player, mainly as a shortstop. He bats and throws right-handed. The 24th round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 1992 Major League Baseball ...more

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Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Michael Brian Young is an American former professional baseball infielder who played with the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 14-year career. Originally ...more

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José Vizcaíno is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Marco Scutaro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Marcos Scutaro, better known as Marco Scutaro,is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder who is a free agent. He bats and throws right-handed. Scutaro made his MLB debut with the New York ...more

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Howard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Howard Michael Johnson, nicknamed HoJo, is a former Major League Baseball switch hitting third baseman. He is best known for his career in Major League Baseball, where he played for the Detroit ...more

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Tony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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Keith Anthony Phillips is a former Major League Baseball utility player who had an 18-year career from 1982 to 1999. He played regularly at three infield positions, primarily as a second ...more