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Top 20 Major League Baseball Players Who Should Never Enter the Hall of Fame

The greatest thing about sports is its ability to bring out the passion in its fans while giving them the chance to join their comrades in support of a common purpose. But perhaps the second-best aspect of sports is that it provides endless fodder for people to debate which team, player, or coach is the best - or is at least better than specific members of their peer group. After all, sports fans can go on for hours talking about who the best quarterback, NHL team, or pro basketball coach was in a given year or throughout history.

A corollary to this phenomenon is the frequency with which sports fans argue about who is the worst at something - or at least identify who is far from the best. Sometimes, this discussion leads to whether a player is worthy of a given honor or not. In this specific niche, one regular topic centers around admissibility into a sports Hall of Fame.

Think about it. You've probably been involved in one of these conversations yourself. Does Karl Malone deserve to be in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame? Should LaDanian Tomlinson receive Pro Football Hall of Fame honors in 2016 when he becomes eligible? What about Daniel and/or Henrik Sedin when they retire from the National Hockey League?

But among the major American sports, the most revered Hall of Fame is the one set aside for baseball in Cooperstown, New York. So it stands to reason that some of the most vehement sports discussions center around which players should be honored with an enshrinement among the sport's greats.

There will always be debates about whether a player's statistics warrant his enshrinement into the Hall. But in recent years, numerous baseball players have come under scrutiny for their "training regimens" as well. Which begs the question: how might these off-the-field decisions impact the Hall of Fame selection or prohibition of modern players?

Taking all of these issues into account, here is a list of the top 20 players who do not deserve to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

20 Jay Bell

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19 David Segui

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18 Todd Stottlemyre

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17 Armando Benitez

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16 Jacque Jones

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15 Brad Radke

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14 Josh Hamilton

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13 Eric Gagne

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12 Gary Sheffield

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11 Jason Giambi

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10 David Ortiz

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9 Manny Ramirez

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8 Rafael Palmeiro

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7 Andy Pettitte

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6 Sammy Sosa

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5 Roger Clemens

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4 Barry Bonds

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3 Mark McGwire

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2 Alex Rodriguez

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1 Ryan Braun

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Yes, he's still playing and may have his best years ahead of him. But Braun has already tested positive twice for banned substances in his young career. In 2011, ESPN reported a positive urine test for testosterone, but because the sample wasn't shipped to the MLB office in a timely manner, Braun won his appeal on this technicality and was not suspended. However, Braun was implicated in the Biogenesis affair in 2013, and was suspended for the remaining 62 games of the year as well as the playoffs. (Strangely, Braun's offensive numbers this season are off from his previous levels). Banning Ryan from the Hall of Fame would send a message to all young players who are thinking about trying PEDs for the first time.

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