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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame 

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Updated February 7, 2020 202.6k votes 9.8k voters 88.4k 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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#17 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #16 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Famous Left Handed People

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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

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#42 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #22 of 149 The Greatest First Basemen 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

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#167 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People Left Handed Baseball Players

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

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#133 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #99 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon

5
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 5 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

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#136 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #17 of 149 The Greatest First Basemen of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

6
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

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

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

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#193 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #33 of 149 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

7
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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#505 of 926 People We Wish Were Still Alive #114 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #138 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 8 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

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#817 of 926 People We Wish Were Still Alive #9 of 161 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #251 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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#29 of 198 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #39 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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#148 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #255 of 320 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

12
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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#253 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Timelisted on Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

13
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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#290 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Famous Left Handed People

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Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 14 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

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#302 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #89 of 198 The Greatest Pitchers of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People

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, USA

Teams: Detroit Tigers

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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#181 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #15 of 133 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

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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

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#53 of 281 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

17
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

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Calhoun City, Mississippi

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

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#261 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #26 of 141 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

18
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: USA, Riverside, California

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

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#16 of 141 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Timelisted on Famous Left Handed People Left Handed Baseball Players

19
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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#218 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #271 of 320 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tampa, USA, Florida

Teams: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers

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#205 of 620 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time #45 of 149 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time #131 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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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

22
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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#96 of 198 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time #13 of 120 The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers 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

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#37 of 148 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever #185 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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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

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 

#14 of 161 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #200 of 710 The Best Hitters in Baseball History