Womack: Who are the 25 best players not in the Hall of Fame?

From SABR member Graham Womack at The Sporting News on December 9, 2015:

Monday’s announcement that the Pre Integration Era Committee elected no one to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2016 is a reminder of what, historically, has long since been the case: Baseball has one of the most restrictive Hall of Fames in sports. More than 18,000 people have played in the majors and countless others contributed to the national pastime, but just 310 people are enshrined.

With such a fickle rate of induction, a lot of arguably worthy candidates wind up on the outside looking in with Cooperstown. In fact, it might be harder than many people realize to select a small group of players as the best of the best among non-enshrined.

Since 2010, I’ve run a project four times at my baseball history website having people vote on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame. This year, I’ve decided to up the stakes and have people vote on the 25 best players not enshrined. I want people agonizing over tough decisions: Jim Edmonds or Dwight Evans; Trevor Hoffman or Lee Smith; Jeff Bagwell or Fred McGriff, though I invite people to vote any way and for whoever they’d like.

Read the full article here: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb-news/4687356-baseball-hall-of-fame-2016-candidates-induction-players

Originally published: December 9, 2015. Last Updated: December 9, 2015.