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

Updated March 16, 2019 3.5k votes 564 voters 13.3k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Ben Zobrist is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Tony Phillips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Howard Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Julio Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Julio Franco

    Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies

    PositionDesignated hitter, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHato Mayor Province, Dominican Republic

    Julio César Franco Robles (born August 23, 1958), is a Dominican former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    Marwin González is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Marwin González

    Houston Astros

    PositionUtility

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplacePuerto Ordaz and San Felix, Venezuela

    BatsSwitch

    Marwin Javier González (born March 14, 1989) is a Venezuelan professional baseball utility... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Juan Uribe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
    33
    22

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Chris Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 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... more on Wikipedia

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    Matt Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    15

    Matt Carpenter

    St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionFirst baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    BatsLeft-handed

    Matthew Martin Lee Carpenter (born November 26, 1985) is an American professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    José Oquendo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Martín Prado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    9

    Martín Prado

    Atlanta Braves

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, Second baseman

    NationalityVenezuela

    BirthplaceMaracay, Venezuela

    BatsRight-handed

    Martín Manuel Prado Bustamante (born October 27, 1983) is a Venezuelan professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Brock Holt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
    Brock Wyatt Holt (born June 11, 1988), nicknamed The Brock Star, is an American professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Kike Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 14 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... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    B. J. Surhoff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    15

    B. J. Surhoff

    Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves

    PositionOutfielder, Left fielder, Infielder, Catcher, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    William James "B. J." Surhoff (born August 4, 1964) is a former catcher, outfielder, first... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Josh Harrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
    Joshua Isaiah Harrison (born July 8, 1987) is an American professional baseball infielder who... more on Wikipedia

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    Plácido Polanco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Plácido Polanco

    Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers

    PositionSecond baseman, Third baseman

    NationalityDominican Republic

    BirthplaceSanto Domingo, Dominican Republic

    BatsRight-handed

    Plácido Enrique Polanco (; born October 10, 1975) is a Dominican-American former professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Mariano Duncan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    20

    Mariano Duncan

    Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionSecond baseman, Shortstop

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

    Mariano Duncan Nalasco (born March 13, 1963 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Chone Figgins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    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... more on Wikipedia
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    Willie Bloomquist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Willie Bloomquist

    Seattle Mariners

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePort Orchard, Washington

    BatsRight-handed

    William Paul Bloomquist (; born November 27, 1977) is an American former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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    Larry Milbourne is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Larry Milbourne

    Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop, Pitcher

    BirthplacePort Norris, New Jersey

    Lawrence William "Larry" Milbourne (born February 14, 1951, in Port Norris, New Jersey) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Eduardo Núñez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
    Eduardo Michelle Núñez Méndez (born June 15, 1987) is a Dominican professional baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    Bill Spiers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Bill Spiers

    Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros

    PositionUtility infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

    BirthplaceOrangeburg, South Carolina

    William James Spiers III (born June 5, 1966) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball... more on Wikipedia
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    José Offerman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    José Offerman

    Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals

    PositionInfielder, Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

    José Antonio Offerman Dono (born November 8, 1968) is a Dominican retired professional... more on Wikipedia
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    Melvin Mora is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is MLB's Greatest Utility Player of All Time?
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    Melvin Mora

    Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets

    PositionOutfielder, Infielder, First baseman, Shortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYaracuy, Venezuela

    BatsRight-handed

    Melvin Mora Diaz (born February 2, 1972) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball... more on Wikipedia

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