The best hitters in baseball history are those who hold the all-time hitting records in Major League Baseball, change the game as we know it today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league and captivated audiences at the same time.

If you were to pick a top hitter for your all-time top baseball fantasy team, you’d be silly not to select these best baseball hitters as soon as possible.Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago.

Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone.

On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats.

Lou Gherig is another who’d fall into that category with his major league records for the most grand slams, a figure since topped by a great modern slugger, Alex Rodriguez.So we’re left with a conundrum.

Do we deem those great players from yesteryear, like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Shoeless Joe Jackson as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!

Ted Williams

Ted Williams

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

Stan Musial

Stan Musial

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle

Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb

Rogers Hornsby

Rogers Hornsby

Willie Mays

Willie Mays

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig

Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron

Honus Wagner

Honus Wagner

Jimmie Foxx

Jimmie Foxx

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio

Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols

Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Pete Rose

Pete Rose

Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker

Mel Ott

Mel Ott

Hank Greenberg

Hank Greenberg

Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente

Frank Robinson

Frank Robinson

Ed Delahanty

Ed Delahanty

Nap Lajoie

Nap Lajoie

Rod Carew

Rod Carew

Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs

George Brett

George Brett

Cap Anson

Cap Anson

Miguel Cabrera

Miguel Cabrera

Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas

Eddie Collins

Eddie Collins

Ralph Kiner

Ralph Kiner

Johnny Mize

Johnny Mize

Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones

Vladimir Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero

Dan Brouthers

Dan Brouthers

Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson

Jim Thome

Jim Thome

Manny Ramírez

Manny Ramírez

Al Simmons

Al Simmons

Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki

Harry Heilmann

Harry Heilmann

Billy Hamilton

Billy Hamilton

Sam Thompson

Sam Thompson

Duke Snider

Duke Snider

Al Kaline

Al Kaline

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

Roger Connor

Roger Connor

Charlie Gehringer

Charlie Gehringer

Carl Yastrzemski

Carl Yastrzemski

Mike Trout

Mike Trout

George Sisler

George Sisler

Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds

Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench

Mickey Cochrane

Mickey Cochrane

Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein

Willie McCovey

Willie McCovey

Todd Helton

Todd Helton

Willie Stargell

Willie Stargell

Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks

Harmon Killebrew

Harmon Killebrew

Paul Waner

Paul Waner

Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray

Eddie Mathews

Eddie Mathews

Home Run Baker

Home Run Baker

Sam Crawford

Sam Crawford

Larry Walker

Larry Walker

Edgar Martínez

Edgar Martínez

Dale Murphy

Dale Murphy

Willie Keeler

Willie Keeler

Chase Utley

Chase Utley

Goose Goslin

Goose Goslin

Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly

Jesse Burkett

Jesse Burkett

Robin Yount

Robin Yount

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor

Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson

Fred McGriff

Fred McGriff

Mark McGwire

Mark McGwire

David Ortiz

David Ortiz

Lance Berkman

Lance Berkman

Lefty O’Doul

Kirby Puckett

Kirby Puckett

Carlton Fisk

Carlton Fisk

Will Clark

Will Clark

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter

Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson

Al Oliver

Al Oliver

Arky Vaughan

Arky Vaughan

Keith Hernandez

Keith Hernandez

Barry Larkin

Barry Larkin

Steve Garvey

Steve Garvey

Gary Carter

Gary Carter

Bill Madlock

Bill Madlock

Joe Carter

Joe Carter

Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

Dave Winfield

Dave Winfield

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