Ranking the 5 Best 5-Tool Players in MLB History

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Ranking the 5 Best 5-Tool Players in MLB History
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In baseball, all position players are judged on five different abilities. These abilities are hitting for average, hitting for power, base-running, throwing and fielding their respective positions. 

Players who possess more than one of these five "tools" are major league baseball players. Whether they specialize in the hitting aspect, the defensive aspect, or a combination of the two, honing more than one of these abilities to an above-average level gets most players to the major leagues. 

However, the more of these tools a player can master, the more valuable they become. That is why the players who master them all, known as "5-tool players," are considered to be the best players in the game. 

There have been a lot of 5-tool players in the history of the game, but only a handful established themselves and stuck around long enough to garner consideration as the best players in history. So, I've fittingly narrowed the long list down to five.

So here are, in my opinion, the five best 5-tool players of all time.

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