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Ranking the Biggest Snubs of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class
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Baseball Hall of Fame day is supposed to be about celebrating the history of the game we all love and the very best players of a generation. 

There will be plenty of much deserved admiration and reverence for the newly elected Class of 2014, which includes Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.

Unfortunately, as has been the case for the last five years, the story becomes more about the former players whose names weren't called to Cooperstown.

There are a variety of opinions and theories about why some of the most historic names in Major League Baseball history aren't represented in the Hall of Fame, most of them involving steroids and/or performance-enhancing drugs, but none of them provides any real substance. 

To me, there's no way to put a timetable on when the "steroid era" started. There is also not enough information out there to tell us definitively if players gained a substantial boost to their performance by taking these drugs. 

That's why I would have no issue voting for anyone who is under a cloud of suspicion. It's not on the writers to play judge, jury and executioner. The history of the game is what it is, and a Hall of Fame isn't complete without a lot of players on this year's ballot. 

With that in mind, these are the biggest snubs from the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class. While arguments could also be made for Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Alan Trammell, the list only reflects players who I think should have gotten in. 

Note: All stats courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball Reference unless otherwise noted. Vote percentages courtesy of BBWAA.com

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