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List Rules Only players who have not been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The best baseball players not in the hall of fame are here on this list. In order to be considered as slighted by the baseball hall of fame, a player must be non-active and have had the ability to appear on the hall of fame ballot at least once. Some of these men are considered to be among the greatest baseball players of all time, yet remain off of the "official" list of the best MLB players ever at the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown.

What keeps a player out of the baseball hall of fame? Some of these players- like Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire- have been involved in PED (performance enhancing drug) scandals, others broke the cardinal rule of not betting on the sport (Pete Rose), and still others were involved in a baseball player scandal, like Shoeless Joe Jackson who is said to have contributed to his team throwing the World Series. Some of the best baseball players are simply not on the list because they haven't yet acquired the 75% vote necessary for induction.

Who should be in the baseball hall of fame? What top baseball players are not in the hall of fame? Who are the best players not in the baseball hall of fame? These are the questions addressed here in the list of the greatest baseball players not in the hall of fame. If your favorite player isn't on the list, make sure to add them so others can agree or disagree.

If you're keeping track of the best current baseball players make sure to check on that list and vote for your favorite baseball all-star.
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Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pete Rose Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

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2
+ - 1,109 153
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

3
+ - 605 260
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tim Raines Left fielder

4
+ - 563 256
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Alan Trammell Shortstop

5
+ - 614 292
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Don Mattingly Manager, First baseman

6
+ - 560 273
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jeff Bagwell First baseman

7
+ - 543 233
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

8
+ - 508 263
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jack Morris Pitcher

9
+ - 594 263
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Roger Maris Right fielder, Outfielder

10
+ - 479 244
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Fred McGriff First baseman

11
+ - 549 313
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Roger Clemens Pitcher

12
+ - 539 218
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Mike Piazza Catcher

13
+ - 375 223
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

14
+ - 442 250
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Thurman Munson Catcher

15
+ - 371 223
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 421 205
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

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+ - 425 214
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Orel Hershiser Pitcher

18
+ - 493 419
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Barry Bonds Left fielder

19
+ - 441 162
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #11 Craig Biggio Outfielder, Catcher, Second baseman

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+ - 382 148
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Gil Hodges First baseman

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+ - 377 426
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Mark McGwire First baseman

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+ - 300 265
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Keith Hernandez First baseman

23
+ - 313 201
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Luis Tiant Pitcher

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+ - 367 168
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

25
+ - 311 209
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tommy John Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 336 201
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Larry Walker Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 310 201
Tony Oliva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tony Oliva Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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+ - 302 210
Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Concepción Shortstop

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+ - 314 213
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Steve Garvey First baseman

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+ - 292 193
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 253 183
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Ted Simmons Designated hitter, Catcher

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+ - 253 313
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

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+ - 214 202
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dick Allen Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

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+ - 251 54
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jim Thome First baseman

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+ - 218 154
Minnie Miñoso is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Minnie Miñoso Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

36
+ - 208 167
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Evans Right fielder

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+ - 276 47
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 289 87
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Albert Pujols First baseman

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+ - 269 51
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Chipper Jones Outfielder, Left fielder, Third baseman

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+ - 190 175
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Ron Guidry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 129 199
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Bobby Grich Second baseman

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+ - 153 59
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Mike Mussina Pitcher

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+ - 220 188
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Will Clark First baseman

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+ - 178 166
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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+ - 212 167
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Maury Wills Infielder, Shortstop

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+ - 167 38
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Derek Jeter Shortstop

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+ - 159 186
Graig Nettles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Graig Nettles Third baseman

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+ - 167 155
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder

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+ - 200 179
George Foster is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
George Foster Outfielder, Left fielder

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+ - 172 71
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Curt Schilling Starting pitcher, Pitcher