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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame  

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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
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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
2
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, Outfielder, Infielder
3
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher
4
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, First baseman
5
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder
6
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder
7
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder
8
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman
9
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #8 Pitcher

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

10
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher
11
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #11 Shortstop

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

13
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman
14
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Catcher
15
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman
16
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Shortstop
17
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder
18
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #20 Relief pitcher, Pitcher

Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2019

19
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
20
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher
21
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman
22
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman
23
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
24
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
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman