A blog called Baseball Past and Present is asking its readers and other baseball writers to vote on the 50 best players not enshrined in Cooperstown, not including those who haven’t been retired long enough to be eligible. The latter condition means this includes all players who haven’t played since 2005.
Ballots are due by December 1, and I just learned about this a few days ago, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. As a result, I’m not going to do an in-depth analysis, but instead I’m going to come up with a list of the 50 players who jump out at me as deserving of the Hall of Fame or of serious consideration for the honor, and I’m asking for your help.
Through discussion here on the Pine, help me decide on my top 50. If you need a little help narrowing the seemingly infinite list of names down, check out this Super Ballot of 300 candidates, or feel free to name anyone not on this list. Share your top 5, top 10, top 20 or just a few names that you think are glaring omissions.
Keep in mind, these don’t have to be all guys you think deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. You might think the Hall has done an excellent job of including everyone who belongs, but maybe there are a few guys you think are oh so close. Please, share your thoughts on them as well.
To get this started, I’m going to reveal my first ten. That is, the players who, in my opinion, should already be in the Hall of Fame. Actually, since they’re asking for players who haven’t played since 2005—rather than 2004—this means players who are eligible for the first time this year are included. So, technically there’s one player on the following alphabetical list whose Hall of Fame candidacy hasn’t yet been voted on.
Who do you think are among the best players to play the game who are not (yet) enshrined in Cooperstown? Please share your thoughts with the Pine.