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List Rules Best players in MLB history who were known for their elite speed

This list is composed of the fastest MLB players of all time, ranked by overall speed and talent level. The MLB measures straight-line speed with modern day analytics, as well as quickness, lateral agility, and many other athletic traits. However, speed in the MLB isn't as focused on the numbers, and is instead simply quantified by the jaw-dropping speed-related feats these MLB players perform on a nightly basis. Due to top-level speed, many of the fastest MLB players are also among the greatest MLB players of all time.

This list is a collection of which players displayed the most amazing, game-changing speed in NBA history. Typically, the fastest MLB players are center-fielders such as Kenny Lofton, Billy Hamilton, and Mike Trout, since they are often the smallest and have to cover the most ground, although certain anomalies like Alex Rodriguez and Wil Myers find themselves among the fastest MLB players despite being bigger and stronger.

Go ahead and rank the fastest MLB players of all time, and when you're done, head on over to rank the fastest NBA players of all time

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202 93
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

2
205 98
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rickey Henderson Adelaide Football Club

3
129 56
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

4
132 60
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Bo Jackson Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

5
99 47
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

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72 29
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Mays New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

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72 31
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kenny Lofton New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

8
129 73
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers

9
105 58
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

10
99 56
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees, New York Yankees

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53 22
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

12
99 58
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ichiro Suzuki New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

13
43 16
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

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64 32
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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60 33
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Vince Coleman St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

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42 19
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tim Raines New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

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103 68
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

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44 21
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Wilson Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

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44 21
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

20
52 29
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

21
43 22
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Delino DeShields St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

The Best Closers in Baseball History

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39 19
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rajai Davis San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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35 17
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

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77 53
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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45 26
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carl Crawford Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

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76 53
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Altuve Houston Astros

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37 22
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

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30 16
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Joe Morgan Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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35 21
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

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37 24
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals

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32 21
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Brett Gardner New York Yankees, New York Yankees

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19 9
Mookie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Wilson New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

33
29 19
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Harold Reynolds Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

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31 21
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Reyes Chicago Cubs

35
30 21
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

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24 16
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

37
30 22
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

38
17 10
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals

39
23 16
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Eric Young Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

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24 17
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
B. J. Upton Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

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25 18
Tony Womack is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Womack New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

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25 18
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

MLB Players That No One Wanted in the Clubhouse

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17 11
Otis Nixon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Otis Nixon New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves

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21 15
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

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28 22
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

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19 14
Coco Crisp is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Coco Crisp Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals

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24 19
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

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18 14
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

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19 16
Preston Wilson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Preston Wilson St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, New York Mets

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18 15
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Derek Jeter New York Yankees, New York Yankees, Scottsdale Scorpions