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Top 15 Worst MLB Players in the Hall of Fame

Election to the Baseball Hall of Fame is a dream come true for anyone who plays the game. It means you’re one of the greatest to put on cleats, grab a bat, and file your taxes in April with the words “Major League Baseball Player” all over the place. The life of a professional athlete is great and the best are rewarded with an election to the Hall of Fame and enshrinement in Cooperstown.

However, not all players in the Baseball Hall of Fame are the most elite players. Whether because of politics or the voters making a mistake, some members of the greatest baseball museum on earth are a little less deserving. Certainly wonderful players whose names we should all know, there are a handful of ex-MLB players we could classify on the lower tier.

There are a few factors to consider with this list. Many of baseball’s earlier players were elected partly because of the impact they had on the game. This list of the worst players in the Hall of Fame is a mix of those older guys and a few more modern ones that failed to put up numbers that should have gotten them a plaque.

You should note that we originally had Al Lopez and Hank O’Day on the list. They were removed because their induction into the Hall of Fame had more to do with their managerial and umpiring careers than what they did as players. Certainly neither deserved election based on what they did as players. What they did in their other titles can be further debated. Excluding those two, these are the worst 15 players in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

15 Lou Brock 

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14 Ralph Kiner 

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13 Bruce Sutter 

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12 Bob Lemon 

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11 Joe Gordon 

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10 Red Ruffing 

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9 Rabbit Maranville 

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8 Luis Aparicio 

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7 Bill Mazeroski  

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6 Joe Tinker/Johnny Evers/Frank Chance 

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5 Lloyd Waner 

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4 Jesse Haines 

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3 Ray Schalk 

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2 Phil Rizzuto 

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1 Roger Bresnahan 

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A career .279 hitter with only 1,252 career hits, it’s a mystery to many why Roger Bresnahan is in the Hall of Fame. He only had six seasons in his career when he even reached 100 hits and he was mostly a part-time player in the latter part of his career. The original Ben Zobrist because of his versatility, Bresnahan is one of the weakest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He doesn’t have a single statistic worthy of the honor. Rumor has it, if you go to his plaque in Cooperstown there’s dandruff on the ground from all of the head scratching that took place in front of it.

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