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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

Updated February 7, 2020 266.1k votes 12.0k voters 105.9k 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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  • Shoeless Joe Jackson1
    5,063
    853

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians

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    #8 of 25 MLB Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#31 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Pete Rose2
    5,693
    1,613

    Pete Rose

    Manager, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

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  • Fred McGriff3
    2,938
    1,275

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

    TeamsSan Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays

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    #13 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time#8 of 20 The Worst In-Season MLB Trades Ever Made

  • Dale Murphy4
    2,733
    1,284

    Dale Murphy

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

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  • Larry Walker5
    3,619
    1,858

    voting closed at #5

    Larry Walker

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityCanada

    BirthplaceMaple Ridge, Canada

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsMontreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

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    #8 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions#1 of 64 The Best Canadian MLB Players Ever

  • Edgar Martínez6
    4,000
    1,952

    voting closed at #6

    Edgar Martínez

    Designated hitter, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsSeattle Mariners

    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

  • Dave Parker7
    2,111
    1,094

    Dave Parker

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalhoun City, Mississippi

    TeamsMilwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds

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    #15 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#31 of 50 The Greatest Designated Hitters of All Time

  • Lee Smith8
    1,529
    678

    voting closed at #8

    Lee Smith

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceJamestown, Louisiana

    TeamsMontreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals

    Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2019

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    #9 of 219 The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time#9 of 100 The Best Closers in Baseball History

  • Don Mattingly9
    3,423
    2,027

    Don Mattingly

    Manager, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEvansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    #213 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players#22 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Roger Maris10
    3,042
    1,443

    Roger Maris

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHibbing, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

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    #491 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#18 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • Tommy John11
    1,873
    1,054

    Tommy John

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTerre Haute, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

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    #20 of 50 The Best Pitchers In New York Yankees History#14 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #35

  • Gil Hodges12
    2,019
    1,003

    Gil Hodges

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePatoka Township, Princeton, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Mets

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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

  • Roger Clemens13
    3,508
    2,260

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, New York Yankees

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    #10 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs#58 of 71 Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

  • Thurman Munson14
    2,346
    1,414

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    #10 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#63 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

  • Jack Morris15
    2,502
    1,515

    voting closed at #15

    Jack Morris

    Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    TeamsMinnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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    #19 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#31 of 89 The Best Toronto Blue Jays of All Time

  • Alan Trammell16
    3,423
    2,331

    voting closed at #16

    Alan Trammell

    Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

    TeamsDetroit Tigers

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018

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

  • Jim Kaat17
    1,429
    903

    Jim Kaat

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceZeeland, Michigan, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

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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

  • Barry Bonds18
    3,454
    2,748

    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsSan Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    #27 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#551 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Lou Whitaker19
    1,933
    1,439

    Lou Whitaker

    Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsDetroit Tigers

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    #22 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time#60 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

  • Orel Hershiser20
    2,108
    1,455

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets

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    #39 of 177 The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time#149 of 164 The Best San Francisco Giants Of All Time

  • Mike Mussina21
    1,812
    1,095

    voting closed at #21

    Mike Mussina

    Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWilliamsport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsBaltimore Orioles, New York Yankees

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

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    #9 of 109 The Greatest Baltimore Orioles of All Time#156 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • Curt Schilling22
    1,984
    1,344

    Curt Schilling

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros

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    #66 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#837 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Derek Jeter23
    4,307
    1,214

    voting closed at #23

    Derek Jeter

    Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePequannock, New Jersey

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

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  • Steve Garvey24
    1,633
    1,373

    Steve Garvey

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsSan Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers

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

  • Mariano Rivera25
    2,203
    669

    voting closed at #25

    Mariano Rivera

    Relief pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityPanama

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019

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