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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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Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 1 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) 2 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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Rance Mulliniks is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Marwin González is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Marwin Javier González is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder with the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.

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Brock Holt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
KylePiper added Brock Wyatt Holt is an American professional baseball player for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball.

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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Kike Hernandez 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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Eduardo Núñez is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Howard Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Hubie Brooks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Mariano Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Mariano Duncan 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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Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Daniel Murphy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Daniel Thomas Murphy is an American professional baseball player. A right-handed fielder and left-handed hitter, he currently plays second base for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball. He ...more

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Melvin Mora is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Plácido Polanco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Plácido Enrique Polanco is a Dominican-American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers ...more

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Rich Aurilia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Juan Uribe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Marco Scutaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Jim Gilliam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added James William "Junior" Gilliam was an American second and third baseman and coach in Negro League and Major League Baseball who spent his entire major league career with the Brooklyn ...more

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Jim Fregosi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added James Louis Fregosi was a Major League Baseball shortstop and manager. During an 18-year baseball career, he played from 1961–1978 for four different teams, primarily the Los Angeles and ...more

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José Vizcaíno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added José Vizcaíno

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Mark McLemore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Joey Gallo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Joseph Nicholas Gallo is an American professional baseball third baseman in the Texas Rangers organization.

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Carlos Guillén is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Carlos Guillén

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Ian Desmond is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Ian M. Desmond is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the third round of the 2004 Major ...more

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José Valentín is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added José Valentín

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Derek Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Derek Dietrich Derek Richard Dietrich is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut on May 8, 2013. Prior to playing professionally, ...more

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Toby Harrah is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Colbert Dale Harrah is a former professional baseball player who played with the Texas Rangers both before and after their 1971 franchise shift. He also played for the Cleveland Indians and the ...more

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Tony Fernández is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Tony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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

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Tony Womack is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Anthony Darrell Womack 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 Pittsburgh Pirates and ...more

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Hernán Pérez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Hernán Pérez

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Josh Harrison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Joshua Isaiah "Josh" Harrison is an American professional baseball third baseman with the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.

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Matt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Matthew Martin Carpenter is an American professional baseball third baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball. The Cardinals selected him in the 13th round of the 2009 MLB ...more

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Pete Runnels is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added James Edward "Pete" Runnels was an American Major League Baseball infielder who played for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and Houston Colt .45s. Runnels won two American ...more

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Omar Infante is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Omar Rafael Infante [in-FAHN-tay] is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball. He has also played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta ...more

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Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Jed Lowrie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Jed Carlson Lowrie is an American professional baseball infielder for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. In addition to the Astros, Lowrie has played in MLB for the Boston Red Sox and ...more

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José Offerman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added José Antonio Offerman Dono is a former professional baseball player who played professional baseball for nearly 20 years. He played for 15 seasons in the Major League Baseball and has ...more

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Gregg Jefferies is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Gregory Scott "Gregg" Jefferies 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 was the 1985 ...more

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Chris Speier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Christopher Edward Speier is a former Major League Baseball player. He was drafted second overall in the January secondary 1970 Major League Baseball Draft. He currently serves as Special ...more

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Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Chone Figgins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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B. J. Surhoff is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added 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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Bip Roberts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Leon Joseph "Bip" Roberts 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 Royals, ...more

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Mark Loretta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Mark David Loretta is a former Major League Baseball infielder. Loretta played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He batted and ...more

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Damion Easley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Jacinto Damion Easley is a former Major League Baseball player who is currently Executive Director of Warrior Baseball Academy. He is also an assistant coach for the Peoria Padres.

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Martín Prado is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Martín Manuel Prado is a Venezuelan professional baseball player for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and New ...more