Edgar Martinez and Each MLB Team's Best Player Who Won't Make Hall of Fame

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Edgar Martinez and Each MLB Team's Best Player Who Won't Make Hall of Fame
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Every franchise has one or more players that may not be bound for Cooperstown, but would (or should) be bound for the "Hall of Very Good".

I will take a look at each franchise and tell you two players for each, one retired and currently active (in baseball, not necessarily on the team anymore), that are not going to be in the Hall of Fame (or rather shouldn't be).

In order to do this, I had to come up with some guidelines to follow. What are these guidelines you may ask?

- Retired players had to be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Players like Pete Rose or Shoeless Joe Jackson would be in the Hall of Fame had they been eligible, so I won't put them on this list by default because of their actions which made them ineligible.

- Retired players currently on the Hall of Fame ballot, could not have received over 55 percent of the vote on the 2010 ballot. Any retired player who didn't receive enough votes and were removed from the ballot or who dropped off the ballot after 15 years are eligible. 

- Retired players waiting for their five years to be on the ballot, cannot be "sure fire Hall of Famers" such as Greg Maddux. Any "borderline" Hall of Famer such as Curt Schilling are eligible. 

- the term "active" doesn't mean the player is still on the team, simply they are still playing baseball.

- Players could not have any association with PED use. So, players like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte, Barry Bonds etc will not be on this list.

- If the player is already in the Hall of Fame (whether it was a worthy induction or not) they can't be on this list.

- No player will be listed for more than one team (includes active players). The team the player played the most games for is the team they will be eligible for. The only exception to this will be the "newer" franchises (Diamondbacks, Rockies, Marlins and Rays) and in that case the player had to play in at least parts of four seasons on that team to be eligible for more than one team.

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