Some years ago, I went on a trip with my dad and brother to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Being a baseball-loving group of guys, we walked through the whole place and just took every bit of it in. We saw the plaques of some of the game's most beloved icons and even some that gained induction based on their reputation with the public and their teammates.
These lesser known men were voted into the Hall due to an organization known as the Veteran's Committee, a group of people dedicated to seeing that older players, executives and even umpires get their due recognition.
However, in researching some of the inductees, ones who were elected on the actual HOF ballot by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) as well as players voted in by the VC, I couldn't help but scratch my head.
Some of these men were, to put it bluntly, less than average players and still achieved a milestone that is not only an unbelievable honor but a privilege.
More often than not, one will find hitters with mediocre career offensive stats as well as pitchers whose winning percentages hover around the .500 neighborhood.
Surprisingly, former Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (pictured) is one Hall of Famer who, while a good player in his time, wasn't exactly what one would call an elite player
That being said, here are 25 Hall of Fame players who, after extensive research, I believe unworthy to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
Players ineligible for this countdown include anyone who played in the Negro Leagues along with those who played a majority of their careers in the 19th century.