Baseball’s Hall of Fame tells the story of a player’s career. The statistics are an important part of each entry, but so is the impact that each person made on the field. There are many who have been enshrined and rightfully so, but there are many players not in the HOF who deserve to be there.
Here are some of the best baseball players who are not in the Hall of Fame yet.
#1. Roger Maris
Maris deserves to be in the Hall of Fame for the 61 home runs he hit in 1961. Did he get extra games to break Babe Ruth’s record? Of course, he did! He was also a two-time AL MVP award winner, an excellent outfielder, and his power changed the way that teams pitched to Mantle.
#2. Pete Rose
Charlie Hustle will probably never make it to the Hall of Fame because of the way he disrespected the integrity of the game. The rules as they are currently forbid him entry to Cooperstown, so his record-breaking statistics will never be enshrined as they should be. Maybe one day his eligibility will be restored.
#3. Barry Bonds
The steroid era in baseball is going to keep some great players out of the Hall of Fame. Barry Bonds deserves to go, whether he was juicing or not. He hit a total of 762 home runs during his career, won 7 MVP awards, and had 12 Silver Sluggers to his name. Bonds even hit 73 home runs during the 2001 season, eclipsing Mark McGwire’s 70 that he hit in 1998.
#4. Sammy Sosa
What people may not know about Sosa (besides a sneeze putting him on the disabled list) is that he was briefly the holder of the record for most home runs in a season. He hit his 66th dinger on 9/25/98, which would stand for only a day as McGwire would tie him an hour later, and then hit four more over the next two games. The bat used to hit #66 is in the Hall of Fame, so why isn’t the hitter? Let’s not forget that he also hit 609 home runs during his career.
#5. Dwight Gooden
When he was pitching during his prime, there wasn’t anyone better on the mound. He went to three consecutive all-star games in the 1980s, won the Rookie of the Year award in 1984, and had an ERA of 1.53 during the 1985 season while racking up 24 win and 268 strikeouts. If he hadn’t struggled with drugs, there is a chance he could have won 300 games.
#6. Rafael Palmeiro
He’s another casualty of the steroid era. Palmeiro is also the one guy no one suspected of doping – until he admitted it. During his 20-year career, he hit 569 home runs, which is usually a guarantee for HOF entry. He also has over 3,000 hits and brought in 1,835 RBIs. Although the .288 career batting average isn’t spectacular, guys have made it in with worse.
Who are some of the players that you’d like to see in baseball’s Hall of Fame?