Athletes Fastest MLB Players of All Time  

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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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1
241 72
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

2
194 67
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Beaneaters, Kansas City Blues

3
554 300
Ricky Henderson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres

4
153 53
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

5
104 25
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

6
114 33
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics

7
479 287
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

8
293 172
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

9
400 256
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Royals

10
362 237
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

11
297 201
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

12
210 170
Vince Coleman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers

13
274 233
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

14
218 182
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

15
217 192
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

16
201 177
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

17
145 145
Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres

18
134 135
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

19
173 180
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

20
118 117
Willie Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Chicago Cubs, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics

21
169 176
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

22
169 176
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

23
140 143
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros

24
118 120
Juan Pierre is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox

25
80 93
Delino DeShields is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs