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The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

Updated February 7, 2020 265.9k votes 11.7k voters 103.5k 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
    Shoeless Joe Jackson
    5,153
    846

    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

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

  • 2
    Pete Rose
    5,765
    1,635

    Pete Rose

    Manager, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

  • 3
    Fred McGriff
    2,987
    1,278

    Fred McGriff

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida

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

  • 4
    Dale Murphy
    2,756
    1,289

    Dale Murphy

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies

  • 5
    Larry Walker
    1,632
    838

    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

    More Larry Walker 

    #46 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#24 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

  • 6
    Edgar Martínez
    4,092
    2,001

    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

  • 7
    Dave Parker
    2,126
    1,121

    Dave Parker

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalhoun City, Mississippi

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

  • 8
    Lee Smith
    1,562
    698

    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

  • 9
    Don Mattingly
    3,475
    2,076

    Don Mattingly

    Manager, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEvansville, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

  • 10
    Roger Maris
    3,094
    1,470

    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

    More Roger Maris 

    #499 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#17 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time

  • 11
    Tommy John
    1,901
    1,073

    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

  • 12
    Gil Hodges
    2,043
    1,023

    Gil Hodges

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePatoka Township, Princeton, Indiana, United States of America

    TeamsLos Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Mets

  • 13
    Roger Clemens
    3,561
    2,304

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

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

  • 14
    Thurman Munson
    2,398
    1,434

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    TeamsNew York Yankees

  • 15
    Jack Morris
    2,578
    1,563

    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

    More Jack Morris 

    #19 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#32 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • 16
    Alan Trammell
    3,496
    2,388

    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

    More Alan Trammell 

    #12 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#17 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

  • 17
    Orel Hershiser
    2,156
    1,484

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

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

  • 18
    Jim Kaat
    1,447
    920

    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

  • 19
    Barry Bonds
    3,527
    2,815

    Barry Bonds

    Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceRiverside, California, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsSan Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 20
    Lou Whitaker
    1,973
    1,482

    Lou Whitaker

    Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    TeamsDetroit Tigers

  • 21
    Curt Schilling
    1,998
    1,363

    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

    More Curt Schilling 

    #66 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#33 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

  • 22
    Derek Jeter
    2,025
    576

    voting closed at #22

    Derek Jeter

    Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePequannock, New Jersey, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsNew York Yankees

    Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2020

  • 23
    Mike Mussina
    1,866
    1,124

    voting closed at #23

    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

  • 24
    Steve Garvey
    1,668
    1,393

    Steve Garvey

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

    TeamsSan Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers

    More Steve Garvey 

    #231 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#243 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

  • 25
    Mariano Rivera
    2,267
    686

    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

    More Mariano Rivera 

    #25 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #119 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame