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

Updated March 16, 2019 4.0k votes 599 voters 14.8k views

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.

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    Rance Mulliniks

    Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays

    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
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    164
    77

    Ben Zobrist

    Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays

    PositionRight fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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

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    41
    15

    Michael Young

    Texas Rangers

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
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    41
    18

    Tony Phillips

    Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
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    52
    30

    Tom Foley

    Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos

    PositionUtility infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceFort Benning, Georgia

    Thomas Michael Foley (born September 9, 1959), is an American former professional baseball infielder and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia...  more
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    52
    32

    Maicer Izturis

    Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceBarquisimeto, Venezuela

    BatsAmbidexterity

    Maicer Eduardo Izturis (; born September 12, 1980) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder. During his career he played for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the...  more
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    80
    70

    José Oquendo

    St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    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
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    47
    33

    Juan Castro

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceLos Mochis, Mexico

    Juan Gabriel Castro (born June 20, 1972), is a Mexican former professional baseball infielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins,...  more
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    Daniel Paul Valencia (born September 19, 1984) is an American professional baseball player who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Minnesota Twins, Boston...  more

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    58
    47

    Howard Kendrick

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    PositionLeft fielder, First baseman, Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    BatsRight-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 played...  more
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    59
    49

    Chris Taylor

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionShortstop, Second Base

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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    29
    16

    Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionUtility Infielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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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    23
    9

    Tony Womack

    Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
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    28
    15

    Joe McEwing

    Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBristol, Pennsylvania

    Joseph Earl McEwing (born October 19, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent most of his career with the New York Mets, where he played from 2000 through 2004. Nicknamed "Super...  more
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    59
    52

    Marwin González

    Boston Red Sox

    PositionUtility

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    BatsSwitch

    Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility player for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB) He previously played for the Houston Astros and...  more
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    34
    23

    Brendan Ryan

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionOutfielder, Utility infielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    BatsRight-handed

    Brendan Wood Ryan (born March 26, 1982) is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played 10 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, New...  more
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    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 Miami...  more

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    33
    22

    Rich Aurilia

    San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Richard Santo Aurilia (; born September 2, 1971) is a former Major League Baseball player, mainly as a shortstop. The 24th round pick of the Texas Rangers in the 1992 Major League Baseball draft,...  more
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    26
    14

    Carlos Guillén

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    47
    40

    Brock Holt

    Texas Rangers

    PositionThird baseman, Utility infielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

    Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional utility player for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the...  more

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    27
    16

    Plácido Polanco

    Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers

    PositionSecond baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America, Dominican Republic

    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
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    20
    9

    Josh Harrison

    Washington Nationals

    PositionSecond baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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
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    29
    21

    Juan Uribe

    Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies

    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
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    30
    24

    John McDonald

    Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew London, Connecticut

    BatsRight-handed

    John McDonald may refer to:...  more
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    32
    27

    Chone Figgins

    Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    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