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This idea came to my mind the other day when watching the Angels play. Justin Upton came up to bat, and I thought to myself "He's had a great career, but definitely won't be a Hall of Famer". What are some players in sports that you think had great careers that will miss out on their respective hall of fame?

 

Justin Upton

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Al Horford: He's made 5 all-star games, but has never been considered a top 25 player in the NBA and never been considered a superstar. Hopefully, the Hawks retire his number at least, but I'm not too sure about that after the way he left.

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Very good thread idea. Him.

 

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Players with great longevity -- both benefited from where they played, not how they played.

 

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Joe Mauer.  In 2010 it looked like he was a Hall of Famer.  He was a catcher who won batting titles (which we still thought mattered then). Now he’s a firstbaseman with no power and doesn’t even flirt with hitting .300 anymore.

 

He is actually still a quality player.  He plays first base well and I think was in the top-10 in AL obp last year.  But he’s definitely HOVG.

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In no particular order, the names I'd enshrine include...

 

Baseball:

Don Baylor

Bill Buckner (should be in the HOF, IMO)

Dave Concepcion

Dwight Evans

Steve Garvey

Don Mattingly

Dale Murphy

Al Oliver (should be in the HOF.  Period)

Dave Parker (would be in the HOF had he not snorted enough cocaine to draw a line from home plate to first base)

Lou Whitaker

 

Football:

Ottis Anderson

Henry Ellard

Eddie George

Herschel Walker (if you include his USFL stats, even reducing them by a factor of a third, he's an HOF lock)

Kurt Warner (sorry, but I don't consider him HOF worthy)

 

And...any WR who's career began from 1995-present (only because I feel the game's changed so in that time that it's impossible to accurately assess who's HOF worthy vs. who's not, and won't be for maybe another 20-30 years).

 

Basketball:

Mark Aguirre

Bill Laimbeer

Larry Nance

Byron Scott

Jack Sikma

 

Hockey:

Tom Barasso

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Josh Hamilton had an amazing career just not a very good beginning or end

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On 5/8/2018 at 8:11 PM, ozzyman314 said:

King Felix 

 

Will be in the Hall of Fame. Don't be silly.

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I have to throw my childhood hero, Jim Edmonds, into this category. Granted, he's already off the HOF ballot, but even before it actually happened, it was clear that he was never going to actually get in. Still, just under 400 HR and 1200 RBI with 8 Gold Gloves and 4 All-Star appearances is a hell of a career.

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13 hours ago, Shumway said:

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I have to throw my childhood hero, Jim Edmonds, into this category. Granted, he's already off the HOF ballot, but even before it actually happened, it was clear that he was never going to actually get in. Still, just under 400 HR and 1200 RBI with 8 Gold Gloves and 4 All-Star appearances is a hell of a career.

Sadly I'd have to agree. He had a ton of great moments and he was a GREAT center fielder. He made catches I've never seen anyone else make, but the numbers just aren't there I guess. Still, just like you, one of my favorite players as a kid.

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Cleveland in the '90s had tons of Hall of Very Good players. You had Brad Daugherty, Larry Nance and Mark Price playing for the Cavs; Sandy Alomar Jr., Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle and (unfortunately, it appears) Omar Vizquel with the Tribe.

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Just from the Buffalo Bills alone I would nominate:

 

QB Joe Ferguson

RB Joe Cribbs

RB Fred Jackson

WR Eric Moulds

TE Pete Metzelaars

OL Joe Devlin

OL Will Wolford

LB Cornelius Bennett

LB Darryl Talley

NT Fred Smerlas

DT Kyle Williams

DE Phil Hansen

CB Nate Odomes

ST Steve Tasker (Just because the HOF will never recognize special teams)

 

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  • RB Thomas Jones
  • QB Mark Brunell
  • SF Jalen Rose
  • RP Mike Remlinger

These are the names that came to mind. 

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Ken Anderson was the first to come to mind. Has better stats than a lot of QB's who are in the Hall of Fame. One of the first modern quarterbacks. If you dropped him into today's game he'd be just as good if not better because they'd let him throw it more. Maybe he's a better case for the Hall of Snubbed Players.


He's first ballot in both the Sports Mustache Hall of Fame and the Football Facemask Hall of Fame

 

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1 hour ago, crashcarson15 said:

Kenny Lofton, and (unfortunately, it appears) Omar Vizquel with the Tribe.

 

I just hope the Veteran’s Committee takes up their cases.

 

As for the Giants, I’d argue that Will Clark, Matt Williams, and JT Snow are all members of the Hall of Very Good. Half of the New York HoFers for the Giants don’t belong in the Hall (e.g., Lindstrom), but that’s what you get with Veteran’s Committee cronyism.

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21 minutes ago, McCarthy said:

Ken Anderson was the first to come to mind. Has better stats than a lot of QB's who are in the Hall of Fame. One of the first modern quarterbacks. If you dropped him into today's game he'd be just as good if not better because they'd let him throw it more. Maybe he's a better case for the Hall of Snubbed Players.


He's first ballot in both the Sports Mustache Hall of Fame and the Football Facemask Hall of Fame

 

Actually, I'd put Boomer Esiason in the HOVG.  He had a streak of about four outstanding years (including an MVP in 1988) but was just not at HOF long enough.

 

He also belongs in some sort of uniform HOF.  His Bengals uniforms were aweome and I am a big fan of the eras he was part of with the Jets and Cardinals.

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I think I remember Deion Sanders saying that Jimmy Smith belonged in the Hall of Very Good

 

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On 5/16/2018 at 10:09 AM, WideRight said:

Just from the Buffalo Bills alone I would nominate:

 

QB Joe Ferguson

RB Joe Cribbs

RB Fred Jackson

WR Eric Moulds

TE Pete Metzelaars

OL Joe Devlin

OL Will Wolford

LB Cornelius Bennett

LB Darryl Talley

NT Fred Smerlas

DT Kyle Williams

DE Phil Hansen

CB Nate Odomes

ST Steve Tasker (Just because the HOF will never recognize special teams)

 

 

I bolded the names I might co-sign. As a Buffalo almost-lifer, I would nix the rest. Most of these guys aren't a breath away from the actual HOF, which is what I think of when I thing "Hall of Very Good."

 

Just QB's alone off the top of my head:

 

Drew Bledsoe

Tony Romo

Donovan McNabb

Steve McNair

Randall Cunnningham

Boomer Esiason

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