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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.
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1
1,364 261
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Pete Rose Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

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2
1,190 174
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

3
623 285
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Alan Trammell Shortstop

4
641 292
Tim Raines is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tim Raines Left fielder

5
671 326
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Don Mattingly Manager, First baseman

6
590 255
Edgar Martínez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Edgar Martínez Designated hitter, Third baseman

7
600 302
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jeff Bagwell First baseman

8
565 291
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jack Morris Pitcher

9
658 287
Roger Maris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Roger Maris Right fielder, Outfielder

10
537 263
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Fred McGriff First baseman

11
618 340
Roger Clemens is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Roger Clemens Pitcher

12
422 247
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

13
539 218
Mike Piazza is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #7 Mike Piazza Catcher

14
485 271
Thurman Munson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Thurman Munson Catcher

15
410 243
Dave Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Parker Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

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16
465 222
Dale Murphy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dale Murphy Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

17
477 233
Orel Hershiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Orel Hershiser Pitcher

18
556 464
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Barry Bonds Left fielder

19
422 158
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Gil Hodges First baseman

20
334 282
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Keith Hernandez First baseman

21
422 462
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Mark McGwire First baseman

22
342 214
Luis Tiant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Luis Tiant Pitcher

23
397 177
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Lee Smith Relief pitcher, Pitcher

24
338 221
Tommy John is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tommy John Starting pitcher, Pitcher

25
367 210
Larry Walker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Larry Walker Right fielder, Outfielder

26
441 162
Craig Biggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
voting closed at #11 Craig Biggio Outfielder, Catcher, Second baseman

27
336 214
Tony Oliva is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Tony Oliva Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

28
322 202
Jim Kaat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Jim Kaat Starting pitcher, Pitcher

29
330 223
Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dave Concepción Shortstop

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30
348 230
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Steve Garvey First baseman

31
277 195
Ted Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Ted Simmons Designated hitter, Catcher

32
272 336
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

33
238 213
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dick Allen Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

34
232 166
Minnie Miñoso is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Minnie Miñoso Outfielder, Left fielder, Infielder

35
290 60
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Jim Thome First baseman

36
228 180
Dwight Evans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Evans Right fielder

37
182 66
Mike Mussina is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Mike Mussina Pitcher

38
313 56
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Chipper Jones Outfielder, Left fielder, Third baseman

39
329 94
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MarySSpiegel added Albert Pujols First baseman

40
311 56
Pedro Martínez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Pedro Martínez Starting pitcher, Pitcher

41
142 213
Bobby Grich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Bobby Grich Second baseman

42
234 178
Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Maury Wills Infielder, Shortstop

43
203 80
Curt Schilling is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
rcdwhiteley added Curt Schilling Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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44
179 200
Graig Nettles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Graig Nettles Third baseman

45
207 190
Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Ron Guidry Starting pitcher, Pitcher

46
209 48
Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
-1456082551498 added Derek Jeter Shortstop

47
239 203
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Will Clark First baseman

48
189 186
Dwight Gooden is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Dwight Gooden Starting pitcher, Pitcher

49
215 48
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
MacSa added Vladimir Guerrero Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

50
185 167
Harold Baines is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
Harold Baines Designated hitter, Right fielder