Last month, the Baseball Hall of Fame elected Scott Rolen into their midst; a month after the Veteran’s Committee unanimously chose Fred McGriff for the Class of 2023.
This means that for us at Notinhalloffame.com, it is time to revise one of our most important lists, the top 300 Baseball players who we feel are deserving for a look at enshrinement in Cooperstown.
Our list looks at the following criteria:
- Traditional and advanced statistics.
- Playoff performance.
- Impact and influence.
- Your votes and comments.
We take all of these factors into consideration (especially your input), but as years go by, it becomes more difficult to rank players, especially since many of those eligible are tainted with activity that has kept them out. Regardless of how Baseball may have decreased in popularity over the past decades, this is still the pre-eminent sports Hall of Fame in North America, and the standard by which all others are judged.
Specifically for the 2023 list, adjustments were made by removing Rolen and McGriff, factoring in your collective input, and adding former players who are eligible for the 2024 vote.
Our entire list of 300 can be found here, but below, we are pleased to present the Notinhalloffame.com Baseball top 20.
Remaining at #1 is Barry Bonds, the all-time leader in Home Runs (762) and is a seven-time MVP. Controversy overshadows the power hitter, who is universally believed to have taken PEDs, though never tested positive. Bonds concluded his ten years on the modern era ballot with 66%, and had there been 15 years like there were previously, he might have made it. He was on the recent Veteran’s Committee ballot that included McGriff, though Bonds failed to gain the minimum votes needed to even have his number made public. Bluntly, this means that Bonds is further than ever for Hall of Fame induction, as his peers do not view him as worthy. We suspect that Bonds will forever be the most potent hitter to never see a plaque in the Hall, and could remain #1 here for decades (unless, your votes and comments plumet him from the top spot.
Roger Clemens also remains fixed at #2, and most of what we said about Bonds, applies to Clemens, only that he is a Pitcher. A seven-time Cy Young winner, the “Rocket” never was suspended for PEDs, but the clouds around him are ominous, and he also did not win over a lot of friends in the media. Just like Bonds, Clemens had his highest total on his last year of modern eligibility, and did not gain enough votes on his first Veteran Ballot for his tally to be known.
Remaining at #3 is Alex Rodriguez, who was arguably the top player of the 2000s, and he will enter his third year of Modern eligibility. There was nobody (Bonds and Clemens included) whose first year on the ballot intrigued us the most. Unlike Bonds and Clemens, A-ROD DID test positive and served the longest suspension in MLB history. At one time, he was the most hated man in all of sports, yet here we are in 2023 where he has a job with Fox Sports, and was in a high-profile relationship with Jennifer Lopez. His marginal improvement in the 2023 vote does not forecast a Hall of Fame for Rodriguez.
With Pete Rose staying at #4, we have another player who looks to be forever to remain on the outside-looking-in. Baseball’s all-time hit king was banned from Baseball for gambling on the sport, though he has recently made some appearances. The Baseball Hall of Fame has followed the edict of MLB (although they don’t actually have to) and never added him to a ballot of any kind. Even if he is reinstated, he would still have to appear on a Veteran’s Committee ballot, and that group would have to choose him.
With “Shoeless” Joe Jackson at #5, we have a top five (our only) where it is likely that none will ever receive the call. Banned in 1920 for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series from the year before, Jackson maintained his innocence, and there many suspect that the Outfielder, who may have known about it, did not participate, which reflects his 1919 postseason statistics.
This takes us to #6, Adrian Beltre, who enters his first year on the ballot, and is a bona fide threat to enter on his first attempt. He brings a resume of 3,166 Hits, 477 Home Runs, four All-Stars, four Silver Sluggers and five Silver Sluggers.
Falling one spot to #7 is he former career-Tiger, Lou Whitaker. The Second Baseman and World Series Champion was a one-and-done on his only year on the ballot and is one of the most egregious omissions from the multi-ballot club.
Bill Dahlen, a previous Veterans Committee nominee, is at #8. We expect that he will be on the next one for his respective era.
Dropping one to #9 is Curt Schilling, whose war with the media (and possibly his right-wing politics) resulted in his perpetual snub. At the end of his run on the Modern Era ballot, the Pitcher asked the voters not to select him, and many acquiesced. Schilling was on the same Veteran’s Committee ballot that Bonds and Schilling was on, and though he also was denied induction, he fared much better, gaining 6 votes.
Rounding out the top ten is Manny Ramirez, who though is still on the ballot is running out of time. If Alex Rodriguez is unlikely to get elected, Ramirez has no shot, as he too was suspended, and has weaker (though Hall of Fame worthy) stats than A-Rod.
Todd Helton stays at #11. The “Toddfather” missed out on Cooperstown this year with 72.2 of the vote, but next year on 2024 looks promising for Helton, who enters year number six on the ballot.
Boston’s most wanted for the Hall of Fame, Dwight Evans, holds firm at #12.
Pre-1900 Pitcher, Jim McCormick, advances two spots to #13.
Carlos Beltran had a bit of tumble from #10 to #14. Like others above, Beltran has the stats, but is paying a penance for his prominent role in the 2017 Houston Astros cheating scandal. He received only…. 1st And we suspect that many voters wanted to make him wait a year. Beltran will likely jump significantly on his second vote.
Tommy John, whose career-saving surgery named after him is recognized by the Hall, fell one spot to #15.
The final five of the top twenty all hold the same positions as last year, respectively being; Roger Maris (#16), Dick Allen (#17), Mark McGwire, (#18), Dave Parker (#19) and Rafael Palmeiro (#20).
There are other new entries on our list. They are:
Chase Utley (#28), Joe Mauer (#37), Bartolo Colon (#77), David Wright (#89), Jose Bautista (#220) and Jose Reyes (#271)
We are now going to begin work on revising or Notinhalloffame.com Football 300, where we rank those to consider for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As always, we thank you for your support, and ask you to continue with your votes and comments.
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