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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.
list ordered by

1
2,599 402
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

2
2,951 690
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

3
1,671 846
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, First baseman

4
1,663 895
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

5
1,169 759
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Shortstop

6
1,349 645
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Third baseman

7
1,291 583
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

8
1,094 656
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 Pitcher

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2018

9
1,634 1,187
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder

10
1,487 654
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

11
1,187 513
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

12
1,103 560
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Catcher

13
911 602
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

14
1,047 555
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

15
919 461
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

16
1,033 1,036
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

17
898 549
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

18
964 368
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

19
842 490
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

20
685 305
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #20 Relief pitcher, Pitcher

21
703 645
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

22
693 494
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

23
790 501
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

24
693 473
Tony Oliva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

25
688 431
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher