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Fastest MLB Players of All Time 

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Updated October 14, 2019 25.9k votes 3k voters 33.9k views 126 items

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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Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres
2
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues
3
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees
4
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics
5
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs
6
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals
7
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds
8
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens
9
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers
10
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels
11
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins
12
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics
13
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Dee Gordon Los Angeles Dodgers
14
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators
15
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
MaryPetrikas added
16
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies
17
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Trea Turner Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres
18
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins
19
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants
20
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
21
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres
22
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles
23
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics
24
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros
25
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox