For the next class of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, we’re thinking Graig Nettles. Yes, the great third baseman who played the bulk of his career with the New York Yankees, won two world championships and has been retired for over 30 years.
He missed his window for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, and at this point, it’s unlikely he'll be considered for alternate induction via the veterans. But during the Yankees' era of Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Ron Guidry, Sparky Lyle, Goose Gossage, et al., Nettles was often unappreciated.
Go ask the Los Angeles Dodgers if they thought Nettles was unappreciated or underrated in Game 3 of the 1978 World Series. Now go take a look at his career stats.
Nettles is just one example of a bevy of Major League Baseball players who had outstanding careers but were considered underrated, especially, in retrospect, when they did not make the Hall of Fame, baseball’s unofficial arbiter of separating transcendent careers from "merely" great ones.
Here’s our look at the game's most underrated players of all time.