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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.

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116 47
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rickey Henderson Adelaide Football Club

2
99 42
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

3
59 29
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

4
74 41
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers

5
46 20
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

6
50 24
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

7
69 39
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

8
55 29
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Altuve Houston Astros

9
57 34
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Bo Jackson Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

10
57 36
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ichiro Suzuki New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

11
36 21
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Juan Pierre Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

12
32 19
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Vince Coleman St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

13
33 20
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Kenny Lofton New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

14
23 11
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tim Raines New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
25 13
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals

16
49 35
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees, New York Yankees

17
25 14
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

18
33 22
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

19
22 12
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Wilson Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

20
51 39
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

21
27 17
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carl Crawford Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

22
28 18
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Mays New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

23
19 10
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

24
21 12
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

25
21 12
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

26
16 8
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Eric Young Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

27
22 14
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

28
23 15
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Delino DeShields St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
18 11
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

30
15 9
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

31
20 15
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rajai Davis San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

32
19 15
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

33
16 12
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

34
16 12
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

35
16 12
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Brett Gardner New York Yankees, New York Yankees

The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

36
16 12
Tony Womack is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Womack New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

37
15 11
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Joe Morgan Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

38
14 10
Preston Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Preston Wilson St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, New York Mets

39
14 10
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

40
11 7
Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rafael Furcal Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins

41
8 4
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals

42
21 18
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carlos Beltrán New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets

The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

43
19 16
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

44
18 15
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Reyes Chicago Cubs

45
16 13
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

46
15 13
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Harold Reynolds Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

47
9 8
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

48
8 7
Jonathan Villar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

49
8 7
Ralph Garr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ralph Garr Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, California Angels

50
8 7
Jean Segura is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jean Segura Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim