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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame 

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Updated February 7, 2020 227.5k votes 11k voters 97.9k views 523 items

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, though the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has room for some of these stars. 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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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Outfielder

Birthplace: South Carolina

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians

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#1,715 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #15 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #14 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

More Pete Rose 

#1,194 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #27 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

3
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida

Teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, + more

More Fred McGriff 

#131 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #70 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #13 of 122 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time

4
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

More Dale Murphy 

#147 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #122 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

5
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #12 Designated hitter, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Teams: Seattle Mariners

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

More Edgar Martínez 

#137 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #44 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #15 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

6
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Evansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees

More Don Mattingly 

#111 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #107 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

7
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Right fielder, Outfielder

Nationality: Canada

Birthplace: Maple Ridge, Canada

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

More Larry Walker 

#118 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #72 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #39 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

8
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Calhoun City, Mississippi

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, + more

More Dave Parker 

#196 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #157 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #20 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

Teams: Kansas City Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

More Roger Maris 

#1,648 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #486 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #102 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

10
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Patoka Township, Princeton, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Mets

More Gil Hodges 

#182 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #216 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #19 of 213 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, New York Yankees

More Roger Clemens 

#1,734 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #96 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

Teams: New York Yankees

More Thurman Munson 

#720 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #250 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #9 of 158 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

13
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, + more

More Tommy John 

#327 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #65 of 158 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time #45 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets

More Orel Hershiser 

#305 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #48 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

15
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #11 Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Tigers

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

More Alan Trammell 

#177 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #15 of 133 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time #8 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

16
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Teams: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

More Jack Morris 

#187 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #39 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

17
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

More Barry Bonds 

#1,920 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #73 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

18
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Teams: Detroit Tigers

More Lou Whitaker 

#221 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #308 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #19 of 152 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

19
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Zeeland, Michigan, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, + more

More Jim Kaat 

#218 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #33 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time #169 of 200 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

20
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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Jamestown, Louisiana

Teams: Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, + more

Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2019

More Lee Smith 

#212 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #69 of 365 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #216 of 320 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, United States of America

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros

More Curt Schilling 

#140 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #24 of 365 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

22
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

Teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers

More Steve Garvey 

#205 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #189 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #15 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

23
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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pinar del Río, Cuba

Teams: Minnesota Twins

More Tony Oliva 

#313 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #209 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #37 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

24
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Marianao, Cuba

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, + more

More Luis Tiant 

#274 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #20 of 365 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #140 of 158 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

25
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Catcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Detroit, Highland Park, Michigan

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

More Ted Simmons 

#250 of 598 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #222 of 709 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #65 of 122 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time