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Best MLB Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

Can you name the best players by career Wins Above Replacement who are not (yet) enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame?
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Last updated: January 24, 2024
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First submittedOctober 16, 2022
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WAR
Pos
Career
Player
162.8
OF
1986–2007
Barry Bonds
139.2
P
1984–2007
Roger Clemens
117.5
SS
1994–2016
Alex Rodriguez
101.5
1B
2001–2022
Albert Pujols
85.2
CF
2011–
Mike Trout
80.9
P
2005–
Justin Verlander
79.9
P
2008–
Clayton Kershaw
79.6
LF
1963–1986
Pete Rose
79.5
P
1988–2007
Curt Schilling
77.5
P
2004–
Zack Greinke
76.2
P
1878–1887
Jim McCormick
75.3
SS
1891–1911
Bill Dahlen
75.1
2B
1977–1995
Lou Whitaker
75.0
P
2008–
Max Scherzer
71.9
DH
1986–2005
Rafael Palmeiro
71.1
2B
1970–1986
Bobby Grich
70.1
CF
1998–2017
Carlos Beltran
69.5
P
1972–1991
Rick Reuschel
69.3
LF
1993–2011
Manny Ramirez
68.4
CF
1991–2007
Kenny Lofton
WAR
Pos
Career
Player
68.1
2B
2005–2022
Robinson Canó
67.9
3B
1967–1988
Graig Nettles
67.8
P
1986–2005
Kevin Brown
67.3
3B/1B
2003–2023
Miguel Cabrera
67.2
RF
1972–1991
Dwight Evans
66.6
P
1881–1894
Tony Mullane
66.3
3B
1972–1989
Buddy Bell
66.1
P
1964–1982
Luis Tiant
65.9
2B
1975–1992
Willie Randolph
64.5
OF
2014–
Mookie Betts
64.5
2B
2003–2018
Chase Utley
64.5
OF
1966–1982
Reggie Smith
64.4
1B
2007–2023
Joey Votto
62.8
3B
1955–1969
Ken Boyer
62.7
CF
1996–2012
Andruw Jones
62.3
P
1986–2003
David Cone
62.3
P
2001–2019
CC Sabathia
62.2
OF
1908–1920
Shoeless Joe Jackson
62.1
1B
1986–2001
Mark McGwire
5 Comments
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Level 64
Mar 3, 2023
Scott Rolen is now in the HOF.
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2024
Inexcusable that the Veterans Committee didn't vote Whitaker in the same year as Trammell.
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Level 65
Jan 31, 2024
This quiz loses all validity by not having Albert belle on it.
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Level 64
Jan 31, 2024
Based on WAR. Belle was a terrible defender, so he does not make it.
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Level 72
Jan 31, 2024
Would be interesting to note how many times each of these players appeared on the ballot. It's particularly egregious how players like Kenny Lofton and Kevin Brown did not survive the first ballot.