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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

Updated February 7, 2020 262.5k votes 12.1k voters 106.8k views511 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    5,002
    841

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    #30 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#8 of 25 MLB Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 2
    5,634
    1,586

    Pete Rose

    Manager, Outfielder

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  • 3
    2,908
    1,258

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman
  • 4
    2,707
    1,267

    Dale Murphy

    Right fielder, Outfielder
  • 5
    3,587
    1,839

    voting closed at #5

    Larry Walker

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

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    #8 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions#5 of 64 The Best Canadian MLB Players Ever

  • 6
    3,962
    1,927

    voting closed at #6

    Edgar Martínez

    Designated hitter, Third baseman

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

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    #4 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time#20 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

  • 7
    2,101
    1,074

    Dave Parker

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

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    #11 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#30 of 50 The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time

  • 8
    1,521
    675

    voting closed at #8

    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2019

  • 9
    3,380
    2,002

    Don Mattingly

    Manager, First baseman

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    #24 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time#12 of 30 The Best Current MLB Managers

  • 10
    3,016
    1,426

    Roger Maris

    Right fielder, Outfielder

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    #1272 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#469 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 11
    1,851
    1,043

    Tommy John

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher
  • 12
    3,469
    2,229

    More Roger Clemens 

    #12 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs#57 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

  • 13
    1,987
    995

    Gil Hodges

    First baseman

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    #20 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#6 of 175 The Best Los Angeles Dodgers of All Time

  • 14
    2,470
    1,493

    voting closed at #14

    Jack Morris

    Pitcher

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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    #19 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#16 of 140 The Best Minnesota Twins of All Time

  • 15
    2,317
    1,398

    More Thurman Munson 

    #10 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#66 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • 16
    3,390
    2,301

    voting closed at #16

    Alan Trammell

    Shortstop

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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    #13 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#15 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

  • 17
    1,411
    884

    Jim Kaat

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #13 of 118 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time#21 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time

  • 18
    3,407
    2,713

    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

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    #27 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#549 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

  • 19
    1,907
    1,413

    Lou Whitaker

    Second baseman

    More Lou Whitaker 

    #18 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time#78 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

  • 20
    2,079
    1,432
  • 21
    1,793
    1,069

    voting closed at #21

    Mike Mussina

    Pitcher

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

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    #151 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time#7 of 109 The Greatest Baltimore Orioles of All Time

  • 22
    1,967
    1,319

    Curt Schilling

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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    #66 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#851 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • 23
    4,273
    1,194

    voting closed at #23

    Derek Jeter

    Shortstop

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

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  • 24
    1,618
    1,351

    Steve Garvey

    First baseman

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    #227 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#252 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • 25
    2,180
    644

    voting closed at #25

    Mariano Rivera

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

    More Mariano Rivera 

    #25 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #120 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame