All Time Best Position Players in Baseball

This is a very debatable subject, but I am listing the top ten all around baseball players, excluding pitchers.

The Top Ten All Time Best Position Players in Baseball

1 Willie Mays Willie Howard Mays, Jr., nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid", is an American former Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22-season career playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants, before finishing with the New York Mets.

Career avg of .302, 660 hrs, 1903 RBIs, 3283 hits, 523 2Bs, 140 3Bs, .385 OBP, .557 SLG, 338 SB, .981 Fld Pct. Enough said! - fullboat101

660 home runs, 2 mvps, rookie of the year, and lifetime 305 average. The Say Hey Kid stays on top.

He played his position better than anyone else, before or since!

Willie was superb in every facet of the game. He excelled beyond the other all-time greats. - 5ToolPlayers

2 Babe Ruth George Herman Ruth Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.

Beast no doubt really between him and Mays 1A and 1B. Jeter being number 4 on the list he isn't even the best player on his team lets get real. He is the face of the organization but Arod way better. Arod is a better hitter o ya and way better defensive shortstop... come at me - dwells1285

Great Pitcher, Great Hitter,. 714 bombs, .342 BA, .690 Slg Pct- career record. The Great Bambino was the first home run hitter, and is one of the best - fullboat101

Uh, this list was aimed at all the skills other than pitching. So that eliminates a part of Ruth's case. Not that he wasn't a great pitcher, but that's not a factor in this ranking. - 5ToolPlayers

don't forget to addhow he hit more home runs than entire teams combined

and he served 2 years in the military. se served america and so has baseball.

3 Derek Jeter Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop, current businessman and baseball executive who is the chief executive officer and part owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball.

Batted a consistent. 320 for most of his career and lead his team to 5 world series win. An icon to the greatest team in pro sports.

great great team leader;and not a bragger or mouthy guy ;two thumbs up for jeter!

Derek Jeter was and still is my inspiration to never give up in softball his quotes make me feel powerful

His range, agility, poise, and his strong bat in the clutch make him the best. He deserves the #1 spot!

4 Ted Williams

Greatest hitter of all time, last person to hit .400 in a season with .406 - fullboat101

Best pure hitter of all time

Second greatest hitter of all time (Ruth), and a poor outfielder. Would be my DH on an all time team.

5 Roberto Clemente Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Best defensive outfielder of all time and the best hitter vs. good pitching in history. How could any be more complete with that comment?

When Mays says Clemente is the only player comparable to him then it confirms what we saw first hand!

What an arm and batting consistency. Speed but elegance fielding...

6 Ty Cobb

#1 career avg, .366. Roughest, meanest, dirtiest baseball player of all time, but he played with grace and passion - fullboat101

7 Hank Aaron Henry Louis Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves.

All time leader in home runs-755. Hit for avg, power, and was quick on the basepaths. - fullboat101

Still the Home Run king.

If jeter is consistent then Aaron hit 700 homeruns, played incredible 5 tool career, hit 40 homers for many seasons

8 Lou Gehrig Henry Louis Gehrig, nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname more.

yeah hes someone who showed up for work everyday too!

He is the bomb and he should be Third

9 Stan Musial

The third greatest baseball player ever. WIllie Mays is #1 and Babe Ruth is #2. - peru12345

Racked up total bases like crazy. Defensively always belonged at first base, not outfield. - 5ToolPlayers

10 Barry Bonds Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants.

All around the best. If he didn't use steroids he wouldn't have been, but he would still be HOF caliber. Statistically he has 500 steals and 500 homers, which means he is versatile. Derek Jeter is the most overrated player in sports. - Cbatower

Was on a certain HoF path, but started cheating like McGwire and Sosa after the media fawned over them during their fraudulent HR record chase. Bonds proved for all of us how much performance can be inflated if you're one of the cheaters. So sad. I liked him immensely in his early years, now disgusted. Still, not as disgusting as that three-time loser who cheated his entire career even after suspensions. - 5ToolPlayers

The Newcomers

? Bo Jackson Vincent Edward "Bo" Jackson is a former baseball and American football player. He is the only athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football, and one of few to do so in two major sports.

The Contenders

11 Mickey Mantle

If he would have taken better care of himself, he had the power, speed, and all of the above to have been the greatest player ever - SSDirk

Physical injuries kept him from reaching his full potential in the sport, not so much the alcohol abuse or "not taking care of himself" which prevailed in harming his post-career life. - Billyv

I knew Mickey; he finally admitted, albeit too late in his career, that he should have taken better care of himself. What power! What strength and speed.

Extremely great and played almost his entire career on knees that were so bad most players would have quit in their rookie season. - MackyJay

12 Mike Schmidt

Amazing defensive player as well along with hitting the clutch home run in the 8 and 9th inning during pressure cooked games

Just the best, bottom line. No one better at that position. EVER!

13 Honus Wagner

People who are well informed rank him in the top 5 or at least top 10. - 5ToolPlayers

14 Chipper Jones

Whet is the ball chipper hit... oh yeah its over the fense

15 Shoeless Joe Jackson

lifetime. 356 hitter, amazing outfielder, if barry bonds is allowed consideration, then you can make an argument for shoeless joe as one of the best ever

Right. For a long time I've said Rose and Shoeless before Bonds. - 5ToolPlayers

16 Cal Ripken Jr.
17 Ken Griffey, Jr.

Griffey should be in top five. He made some amazing plays and went all out, nothing held back.

The best to ever play the game

18 Pete Rose

How can u leave off the Hit King? The man played practically every position and did it with pride! Charlie Hustle is the best ever!!!

Rose before Bonds. - 5ToolPlayers

19 Xander Bogaerts


20 George Brett

George Brett was a great gamer. - 5ToolPlayers

21 Carl Yazstremski

one of the best all around players ever

22 Carlton Fisk

Catcher is the most tiring position in the game and he's the best catcher of all time so that makes him the best position player of all time. He was better with the Chisox than Bosox by the way.

He wasn't the "best catcher of all-time". A very good player but not even the best of his era. - Billyv

23 Brooks Robinson

One of the greatest 3rd basemen of all time if not the greatest

24 Mike Trout Michael Nelson "Mike" Trout, nicknamed The Millville Meteor, is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball.
25 Jackie Robinson Jack Roosevelt Robinson was an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era.

Broke the color banner.

26 Joe DiMaggio Joseph Paul DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees.
27 Joe Mauer
28 Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
29 Cy Young
30 Nolan Ryan Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr., nicknamed The Ryan Express, is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and a previous chief executive officer of the Texas Rangers. He is currently an executive adviser to the owner of the Houston Astros.
31 Rickey Henderson
32 Rogers Hornsby
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