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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
2,604 582
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

2
2,271 350
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

3
1,448 721
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Manager, First baseman

4
1,040 631
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Shortstop

5
1,409 750
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

6
1,197 524
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
1,107 496
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

8
986 574
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

9
1,386 980
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Left fielder

10
1,287 572
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

11
804 502
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

12
1,015 428
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
952 486
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Catcher

14
916 459
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

15
785 457
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
772 376
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder, Outfielder

17
901 878
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

18
718 397
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

19
832 297
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
630 532
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

22
623 390
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

23
627 365
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
703 394
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

25
606 329
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

26
571 396
Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Shortstop

27
775 164
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Shortstop

28
825 190
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarySSpiegel added First baseman

29
542 328
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Designated hitter, Catcher

30
495 608
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
509 362
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
498 192
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Pitcher

33
572 231
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
423 323
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Right fielder

35
437 49
Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Relief pitcher, Pitcher

36
391 319
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
400 323
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Infielder, Shortstop

38
383 342
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
315 274
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #40 Designated hitter, Right fielder

40
321 364
Graig Nettles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Third baseman

41
402 277
Gary Sheffield is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarkJohnson added Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

42
410 369
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
First baseman

43
348 392
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

44
331 176
Jeff Kent is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Second baseman

45
393 39
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
TRENT13 added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

46
234 392
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Second baseman

47
389 119
Adrián Beltré is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Third baseman

48
335 277
Vida Blue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pitcher

49
305 97
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
352 168
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