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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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Rance Mulliniks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, California Angels
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?
Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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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Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers
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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Brock Holt is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Marwin González is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Houston Astros
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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Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Texas Rangers
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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Plácido Polanco is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals
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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Chone Figgins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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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Howard Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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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Mariano Duncan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Mariano Duncan Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays
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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José Oquendo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
José Oquendo St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets
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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Tony Fernández is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays
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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Juan Uribe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies
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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Tony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics
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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Josh Harrison is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Toby Harrah is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees
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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Chris Speier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs
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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Omar Infante is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves
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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Jed Lowrie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Boston Red Sox
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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Ryan Freel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
John Russell added Ryan Freel Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Paul Freel was an American professional baseball player. A utility player, Freel played second base, third base, and all three outfield positions in Major League Baseball for the Toronto ...more
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Jimmy Brown is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Ron Swearingen added Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals
James Roberson Brown was a Major League Baseball infielder and coach.
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Pete Runnels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
TRENT13 added Houston colt .45s, Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators
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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Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
Bill Spiers Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, New York Mets
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