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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José Oquendo is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Ben Zobrist 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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Eduardo Núñez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Eduardo Núñez 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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Rance Mulliniks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Rance Mulliniks 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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Rafael Belliard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Rafael Belliard 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) 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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Marwin González is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Marwin González Marwin Javier González is a Venezuelan professional baseball infielder with the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.

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Manuel Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Howard Kendrick 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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Tom Foley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Tom Foley 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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Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Willie Bloomquist 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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Larry Milbourne is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Juan Castro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Juan Castro 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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Jeff Reboulet is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Chris Taylor 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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Bob Lillis is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Rocky Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Rocky Bridges 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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Maicer Izturis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Maicer Izturis 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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Brendan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Brendan Ryan 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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Danny Valencia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Danny Valencia 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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Abraham Núñez is listed (or ranked) 22 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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John McDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
John McDonald 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) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Denny Hocking 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) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
José Reyes 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