Vote on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame

Anyone who reads this Web site regularly may know that I write about the Hall of Fame fairly often, at least on a weekly basis and that my first post on the subject was a list in May 2009 of the 10 best players not in Cooperstown. Since I wrote that post, I’ve found many, many more deserving players, and now, I’d like to expand to something bigger.

I want a list of the 50 greatest players who aren’t enshrined, and rather than simply base this on my opinion or career WAR rankings (or some other trendy stat that will be outdated in a few years), I want to try something different: I’d like this to be based on the votes of people who frequent this Web site and other baseball writers.

I’ll keep a master tally of all the votes and base rankings off of which players get the most votes. I want at least 50-100 people to vote. The more votes and the broader the range of voters, the better the players will be separated in the rankings. Anyone is eligible to vote, and I would be happy to link in the post to any fellow baseball writer who participates.

So here’s how this will work: I’m compiling a super ballot of 300 non-enshrined players that I intend to send out this evening  (write-in candidates welcome, too.) Voting will last until December 1 at 9 p.m. PST. I’ll post the results on December 3, ahead of the Veterans Committee’s announcement on December 6 of who it will be inducting in 2011 and the Baseball Writers Association of America’s announcement in January of its picks.

If anyone reading would like to participate, please send me an email at or leave a comment here and I will email a ballot this evening. And if anyone happens to read this after today, please feel free to reach out to me. As long as it’s before December 1, I have no problem providing a ballot.

30 Replies to “Vote on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame”

  1. Graham, I think this is a great project. I’m looking forward to seeing the results. Please include me when you send out the ballots.

    – Aaron, Blogging From The Bleachers

  2. Please send me a ballot. I’m wondering if it will include players not eligible for the Hall (Pete Rose? Barry Bonds? Albert Pujols?) Also, bear in mind that there will be two elections in the next six weeks, which may change the list of players not in the Hall.

  3. Yes, please send me a ballot. Mind you, I’m not sure there are 50 such individuals, but I will certainly be voting for Joe Jackson and Pete Rose if your criteria will permit.


    Ernie Nagy

  4. I would like to provide my 2 cents worth on the Hall of Fame question. Please send a ballott to me. Thank You. Bruce

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