Until Sunday, Jim Rice was often the first guy mentioned when discussing the best players eligible for, but not in baseball's Hall of Fame. Rice may never have gained enshrinement had the steroid era not come to a close, sort of (we thought it concluded until Manny Ramirez was exposed).
Yes, I know Gil Hodges was great and so was Shoeless Joe Jackson, but that's a tad too "old school" for this list. I'm looking for guys some of us at least remember watching play.
Pete Rose was great, but not eligible. He still owes Jim Gray an apology. You don't hear much about Rose ever since he came clean (for cash) in book form.
Time will tell if Mark McGwire of "I'm not here to talk about the past" fame ever gets in and what fate holds in store in 2012 for Barry Bonds.
Now I give you The 10 Best Players (of the last 40 years) by Position Not in Baseball's Hall of Fame: