Detroit Tiger Legends Jack Morris & Alan Trammell Gain H.O.F. Votes
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BWAA) voted Cincinnati Reds infielder Barry Larkin into the Baseball Hall Of Fame this year. There were 27 candidates on this year’s ballot. Larkin was the only one that got the 75% of votes needed for enshrinement in Cooperstown, NY. Two Tiger greats gained momentum from the writers, Jack Morris got 66.7% of the votes and Alan Trammell got 36.8%.
Morris, the Tiger pitching ace from the late 70′s to 1990 has just two more years to be considered for Hall Of Fame status by the writers. A player is first eligible for selection 5 years after retirement. After that, he has 15 years to be elected to join baseball’s all-time greats.
Morris led the Tigers to a World Championship in 1984. He pitched 14 seasons for Detroit, and was a 20-game winner in 1983 and 86 for the Tigers. He pitched for Minnesota in 1991 and won a World Series with the Twins, where he pitched a 10-inning complete game victory in the decisive Game 7.
Morris won 21 games for Toronto in 1992 and won another World Series with the Blue Jays in 1993. He finished his career in 1994 winning 10 games for Cleveland.
Jack Morris was a grinder and a big-game pitcher. He won 254 games in his career with 186 losses. He pitched 175 complete games (20 for Detroit in 1983), and had an E.R.A. of 3.90. He was one of the last of the dying breed of pitchers who would finish what they started. I don’t have a vote, but I think Jack Morris belongs in the Hall Of Fame. He gets two more chances from the baseball writers.
Tiger shortstop Alan Trammell started his big league career in 1977 along with Morris, and he played his entire career with the Tigers, retiring in 1996.
The slick fielder played 2293 games with the Tigers and had a career batting average of .285. Trammell also batted in 1003 runs during his Tiger tenure and amassed 2365 hits.
Alan Trammell was World Series MVP in 1984, was a 6-time All-Star and won multiple Gold Gloves. Trammell is more of a longshot to make the HOF, as he is in his 11th year on the ballot and garnered only 36.8% of the vote from the baseball writers. However, he got more votes this year than last, and his stats are comparable in many ways to Larkin’s.
Many of the new names on next year’s ballot are from the “Steroid Era” and might not get much love from the baseball scribes. Guys like Morris and Trammell might get a little more respect then. They’ll always be heroes to Tiger fans.