The famous National Baseball Hall of Fame is located in Cooperstown, New York. Earning a place there is one of the greatest honors a baseball player can ever achieve in Major League Baseball. It’s a shining validation of their skills and achievements during their careers.
But while some athletes are obvious candidates, others will never make it in. Most of the time it’s because they’re simply not quite good enough, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes, players are removed from consideration even though their stats and awards have been phenomenal. So today, we’re going to look at 30 stars who could have made the Hall of Fame but most likely never will. Many of them are drug cheats. However, there are a few others who didn’t take PEDs but ended up eliminated for other reasons.
Check out the full list below via NBC Sports.
30. Nomar Garciaparra
There are two main reasons why Garciaparra isn’t in the Hall of Fame. First of all, his brilliance came before the Red Sox started winning World Series titles. As a result, he never received the respect that he deserved. He batted a .372 average in 2000. For those keeping records, that’s the highest average by a right-handed batter in the post-war era. There’s no surprise that he’s a six-time All-Star.
Another reason why he has yet to enter the hallowed halls of Cooperstown is because of those PED accusations that he is unable to shake. Of course, they remain allegations but it definitely hasn’t helped his case. Garciaparra had six great seasons in MLB when he really was one of the best players in the sport. However, it seems like the Hall of Fame has passed him by.