25 greatest baseball players who never played in the MLB

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25 greatest baseball players who never played in the MLB

Before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, black players weren’t allowed in Major League Baseball. Before the recent advances in the United States’ relationship with Cuba, it was rare for Cuban players to escape their homeland. Thus, the MLB wasn’t always a perfect sampling of the best players in the world.

Even without restrictions, some star international players (especially in countries like Japan) have simply decided not to make the leap to American baseball. Regardless of their backgrounds or reasoning, the following 25 men have two things in common: They were all fantastic at playing the game of baseball, and none of them ever signed a Major League contract.

(Please note that unless otherwise noted, all Negro and International League statistics are unofficial, as game records from that time were notoriously incomplete.)

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