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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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1
1,426 281
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
1,240 185
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

3
667 308
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
648 305
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Alan Trammell Shortstop

5
715 342
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
621 316
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
621 268
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
591 303
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jack Morris Pitcher

9
683 298
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
652 354
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Roger Clemens Pitcher

11
567 270
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Fred McGriff First baseman

12
451 259
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

13
539 218
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Mike Piazza Catcher

14
510 286
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Thurman Munson Catcher

15
595 483
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Barry Bonds Left fielder

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16
422 257
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

17
491 234
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

18
494 246
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Orel Hershiser Pitcher

19
445 477
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Mark McGwire First baseman

20
350 299
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Keith Hernandez First baseman

21
441 170
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Gil Hodges First baseman

22
441 162
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #11 Craig Biggio Outfielder, Catcher, Second baseman

23
354 226
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Luis Tiant Pitcher

24
354 232
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tommy John Starting pitcher, Pitcher

25
412 187
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

26
389 218
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

27
355 220
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

28
360 238
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Steve Garvey First baseman

29
339 233
Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Concepción Shortstop

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30
341 207
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

31
291 203
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

32
281 350
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

33
324 66
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Jim Thome First baseman

34
247 223
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dick Allen Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

35
240 177
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
197 74
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Mike Mussina Pitcher

37
344 58
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Chipper Jones Outfielder, Left fielder, Third baseman

38
355 96
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarySSpiegel added Albert Pujols First baseman

39
235 190
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Evans Right fielder

40
329 62
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

41
150 220
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Bobby Grich Second baseman

42
218 196
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Ron Guidry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

43
251 212
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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44
232 57
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Derek Jeter Shortstop

45
239 187
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Maury Wills Infielder, Shortstop

46
197 195
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

47
188 209
Graig Nettles is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Graig Nettles Third baseman

48
196 173
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

49
218 91
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Curt Schilling Starting pitcher, Pitcher

50
223 201
George Foster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
George Foster Outfielder, Left fielder