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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
2,563 570
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

2
2,240 340
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

3
1,420 699
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, First baseman

4
1,018 616
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Shortstop

5
1,377 728
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

6
1,166 514
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
1,078 486
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

8
966 558
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

9
1,359 952
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder

10
1,264 556
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

11
791 486
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

12
997 418
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

13
930 477
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Catcher

14
899 449
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

15
766 449
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

16
756 366
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

17
890 856
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

18
704 388
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

19
822 288
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

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
621 525
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

22
616 381
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

23
617 357
Tony Oliva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

24
689 386
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

25
598 321
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

26
559 390
Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Shortstop

27
806 186
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarySSpiegel added First baseman

28
747 160
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Shortstop

29
536 321
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Catcher

30
488 591
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, First baseman

31
500 350
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

32
485 181
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

33
552 219
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

34
415 311
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder

35
420 40
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
388 305
Minnie Miñoso is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

37
395 310
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Infielder, Shortstop

38
377 328
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
317 347
Graig Nettles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Third baseman

40
315 274
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #40 Designated hitter, Right fielder

41
377 29
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
TRENT13 added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

42
394 262
Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarkJohnson added Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

43
406 352
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

44
343 371
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

45
319 159
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Second baseman

46
230 372
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

47
376 98
Adrián Beltré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Third baseman

48
329 253
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

49
292 74
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, First baseman

50
341 144
Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman