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
243 72
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Athletics

2
196 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
554 302
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
155 53
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Pittsburgh Pirates, Louisville Colonels

5
106 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
116 33
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics

7
479 289
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

8
295 172
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, New York Yankees

9
400 258
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
362 239
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens

11
299 201
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs

12
212 170
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
274 235
Dee Gordon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers

14
218 184
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Mets, San Francisco Giants

15
217 194
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners, Miami Marlins

16
202 179
Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies

17
146 146
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
173 181
Byron Buxton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Minnesota Twins

19
140 143
José Altuve is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Houston Astros

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

21
169 177
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

22
169 177
Trea Turner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres

23
134 137
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Fastest MLB Players of All Time
New York Yankees, Miami Marlins, Baltimore Orioles

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