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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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120 53
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rickey Henderson Adelaide Football Club

2
103 46
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

3
53 23
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

4
75 40
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

5
79 44
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers

6
64 33
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

7
54 26
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Deion Sanders San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

8
58 30
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Altuve Houston Astros

9
60 35
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
59 37
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
39 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
36 20
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
36 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
28 14
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ozzie Smith St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

The Greatest Catchers of All Time

15
52 36
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees, New York Yankees

16
27 14
Jarrod Dyson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jarrod Dyson Kansas City Royals

17
31 18
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Mays New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

18
24 12
Jacoby Ellsbury is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jacoby Ellsbury New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Boston Red Sox

19
24 12
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tim Raines New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

20
25 14
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Willie Wilson Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

21
26 15
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 Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

22
29 18
Carl Crawford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carl Crawford Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

23
21 11
Starling Marte is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Starling Marte Pittsburgh Pirates

24
52 41
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

25
24 15
Ben Revere is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ben Revere Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins

26
33 24
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

27
23 15
Rajai Davis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rajai Davis San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

28
17 10
Eric Young is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Eric Young Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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21 14
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

30
17 11
Joe Morgan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Joe Morgan Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds

31
18 12
Brett Gardner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Brett Gardner New York Yankees, New York Yankees

32
21 16
Mookie Betts is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

33
20 15
José Reyes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
José Reyes Chicago Cubs

34
18 13
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres, San Diego Padres

35
17 12
Tony Womack is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Tony Womack New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

The Creepiest Sports Mascots

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15 10
Preston Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Preston Wilson St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins, New York Mets

37
15 10
Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Phillies

38
15 10
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Curtis Granderson New York Yankees, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

39
18 14
Dexter Fowler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dexter Fowler Colorado Rockies, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros

40
17 13
Harold Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Harold Reynolds Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, California Angels

41
12 8
Rafael Furcal is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Rafael Furcal Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Miami Marlins

42
9 5
Lorenzo Cain is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Lorenzo Cain Kansas City Royals

The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

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22 19
Carlos Beltrán is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Carlos Beltrán New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets

44
16 13
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

45
16 13
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Hank Aaron Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Braves

46
11 8
Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Barry Larkin Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Reds

47
19 17
Andrew McCutchen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

48
9 7
Jonathan Villar is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time

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13 13
B. J. Upton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
B. J. Upton Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Rays

50
11 11
Michael Bourn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians