After Bad Henry at #1, it’s a tough call. Regardless of who you pick, at least three Hall of Famers are going to be left off.
Here’s my list:
#2 Greg Maddux. If you’re the best pitcher of your generation you qualify.
#3 Warren Spahn. Had a few more wins and a slightly better ERA than Mad Dog but didn’t have to face juiced-up freaks.
#4 Eddie Mathews.He was much better defensively than Chipper and, in his prime, the better hitter, slugging 37 or more homers six times. Mathews leads in career WAR, too, but was pretty much a non-factor after his 33rd birthday. Chipper, meanwhile, hit .364 when he was he 36 years old and led in OPS (.930 to .855 — about the same when you adjust for era). I’ve gone back and forth between the two, but Mathews gets the slightest of nods due to his glove.