9 Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame
There are a number of baseball players who have made their places in the history of the game with their impressive skills and gameplays. Despite achieving a fair amount of accolades, some players are not included in the Hall of Fame. Here is the list of top 9 baseball players who are not in the Hall of Fame.
1. Billy Wagner
Billy Wanger was a member of the all-star team seven times. During the mid 1990 and early 2000, he had been one of the best closers in baseball history. Wanger played 16 professional seasons and represented numerous teams such as the Houston Astros, the New York Mets etc. In his 16-year career with 422 saves and a 2.31 ERA., while striking out 1,196 hitters over 903 innings.
2. Tony Oliva
Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters in baseball in the mid 60s. He was a 8 time all-star and moreover, a three time AL batting champion. Tony olivia finished his 15-year career as a .304hitter with 220 homers and 947 RBI’s. During his career he played for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1976.
3. Thurman Munson
He played for the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1969 until his death in 1979. Thurman Munson is a 6 time all-star and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner. Furthermore, he won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1976. During his career, he hit 222 home runs and 1,099 RBI’s.
4. Albert Belle
Belle was a five-time All-Star and Silver Slugger. He retired with a .295 career batting average, and averaged 37 home runs and 120 RBIs per season between 1991 and 2000. He is one of only six players in MLB history to have nine consecutive 100-RBI seasons.
5. Fred McGriff
He started his professional career in 1986 and retired in 2004. Fred is a five time all-star. He has an impressive record of 30-plus homers ten times and while driving minimum 100 runs eight times in his career. McGriff has a professional record of .284 with 493 home runs and 1,550 RBIs. Since Fred McGriff is from an era in which is known for steroids usage, his record is all the more impressive.
6. Curt Schilling
Curt played from 1988 to 2007. In his career, he represented five teams in MLB. A six-time All-Star, he is one of four pitchers to record at least three 300-plus strikeout seasons. He was the runner-up in the Cy Young Award voting three times and placed fourth once. Furthermore, he has the second highest JAWS of any pitcher not in the Hall of Fame.
7. Dick Allen
Dick Allen was arguably the best hitter in baseball between 1964 – 1974. The 1972 MVP had been a part of all-star team seven times and finished his professional career with a .292 batting average, to go along with 351 home runs and 1,119 runs batted in.
8. Dave Parker
Dave Parker had a topsy turvy career. He faced injury & weight issues. However, he recovered from the problems and had a successful career. He is seven time all-time, two time batting champion, three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, and a three-time Gold Glove winner. In his 19 years of professional career, he had a .290 batting average, to go along with 339 homers, 1,443 runs batted in, and 154 stolen bases.
9. Omar Vizquel
He played for 24 years as a professional baseball player. Omar Vizquel is a three time all-time and 1-time Gold Glove Award winner. Vizquel finished with 427 more hits than Ozzie Smith and also had a better career batting average and fielding percentage. Despite such an impressive record, Ozzie Smith is in the Hall of Fame, but Omar Vizquel is not a part of the Hall of Fame.