From SABR member David Laurila at FanGraphs on September 20, 2013, with mention of SABR members Vince Gennaro, Jay Jaffe, C. Trent Rosecrans, Jayson Stark and Graham Womack:
I recently posed a question to 22 baseball writers from across the country. It was a question that doesn’t have an easy answer. Given the subjectivity involved, it doesn’t even have a right answer.
“Who are the three best eligible players — not including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens — not in the Hall of Fame?”
The reason for excluding Bonds and Clemens is the likelihood they would have finished one-two on the majority of ballots. Also not eligible were players who will debut next year, and those, like Pete Rose, ineligible for enshrinement.
The writers were asked to rank their selections in order and provide a brief explanation. The results were then tabulated with first choices receiving five points, second choices receiving three points, and third choices receiving one point.
Their responses are listed below in alphabetical order, followed by the final results of the voting.
Read the full article here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/writers-view-the-best-players-not-in-the-hall-of-fame/
Originally published: September 20, 2013. Last Updated: September 20, 2013.