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

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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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Brock Holt is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Rance Mulliniks is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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Eduardo Núñez is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 7 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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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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Rafael Belliard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Rafael Leonidas Belliard Matias is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop who played in the Major Leagues from 1982 to 1998 with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves. He was a member of ...more

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Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Joe McEwing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Marcus Hill added Joe McEwing Joseph Earl McEwing 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 Joe", he was ...more

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Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Manuel Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Manuel Lee Manuel Lora Lee is a former shortstop and second baseman for Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals. He was originally signed as an amateur free agent ...more

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Tom Foley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Thomas Michael Foley is a retired Major League baseball player. During his playing career, he was a shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal ...more

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Juan Castro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Juan Gabriel Castro is a former Mexican Major League Baseball infielder. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Phillies ...more

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Larry Milbourne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Larry Milbourne Lawrence William "Larry" Milbourne is a retired professional baseball player whose career spanned 15 seasons, 11 of which were spent in Major League Baseball with the Houston Astros, ...more

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Maicer Izturis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Maicer Eduardo Izturis is a Venezuelan former professional baseball infielder. During his career he played for the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Toronto Blue Jays of ...more

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Danny Valencia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Daniel Paul "Danny" Valencia is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. He has also played for the Minnesota Twins, Boston ...more

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Jeff Reboulet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Jeff Reboulet Jeffrey Allen Reboulet is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University and a graduate of prestigious Alter High School. Drafted by the Minnesota Twins ...more

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Brendan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Brendan Wood Ryan is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, New ...more

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Bob Lillis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Bob Lillis Robert Perry Lillis is a retired American infielder, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. Lillis was an original member of the 1962 expansion Houston Colt .45s who remained with ...more

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Abraham Núñez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Abraham Núñez Abraham Orlando Núñez Adames [NOO-nyez] is a retired Major League Baseball third baseman. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and New ...more

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Rocky Bridges is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Everett Lamar "Rocky" Bridges was a middle infielder and third baseman with an 11-year career in American Major League Baseball from 1951 to 1961. Bridges played for the Brooklyn ...more

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John McDonald is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
John Joseph McDonald is an American former professional baseball infielder. He played in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians, Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, ...more

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Denny Hocking is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Dennis Lee "Denny" Hocking is a former Major League Baseball utility player. After playing at El Camino College in California, he was drafted in the 52nd round of the 1989 Major League ...more

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José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
José Bernabé Reyes is a Dominican-American professional baseball infielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played, most notably at shortstop, for ...more