Morris, Trammell fail to earn Hall of Fame election again

Though his 254 victories, durability, and post-season success lift to the top of his era of starting pitchers, Jack Morris continues to wait to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In a year where the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was as controversial as it has ever been, two of the more talked about holdovers were passed over again. Much to the chagrin of Detroit fans who watched Jack Morris and Alan Trammell lead the Tigers to the 1984 World Series title.

Morris, in his 14th year on the ballot, finished second in voting. In his 12th year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Trammell (33.6%) was once again passed over, falling well shy of the 75% needed to be elected to the hallowed shrine in Cooperstown.

Faced with several alleged and admitted steroid users on their ballots, the voters voted in just one player, who will join Deacon White, Jacob Ruppert, and Hank O’Day, the trio who were slected last November by the Hall of Fame’s veterans committee.

Morris will have one more shot at election next January, while Trammell has three more chances but seems to be drifting away from any serious consideration by the baseball writers.

The 1984 Tigers are one of only two World Championship teams before 1995 who do not have a player in the Hall of Fame. Manager Sparky Anderson is in the Hall of Fame, but pitching ace Morris, shortstop Trammell, and second baseman Lou Whitaker have all garnered attention from baseball fans since their retirements. Most stat-minded fans seem to support the election of Trammell and his double play partner Whitaker, who surprisingly dropped off the writer’s ballot in his first season when he received less than 5% support. Morris has gradually earned more support as voters re-evaluate his career in the context of his era.

14 replies on “Morris, Trammell fail to earn Hall of Fame election again

  • Jerry Edwards

    It is a shame that one of the best double play combinations are slited as they are and people who have ruined the game with drug use and such are elected. And baseball wonders why they are losing fans.

  • Mary Ann Derbin

    Pretty sad when the writers who wrote all the articles about great baseball players can’t vote one in the HOF. Morris, Trammell & Whittaker certainly DESERVE to be elected. I feel it’s about time the writers vote in the ones who truly made the game happen. And these three Tigers certainly fit all criterias.

  • Dan Holmes

    Mary Ann –

    It sure seems that the Tigers have more than their share of players who are HOF-worthy but are still on the outside looking in.

    Thank YOU for reading our blog and taking the time to comment.

    Dan

  • Otto

    Mickey Lolich is more deserving than anyone on this ballot. Maybe veterans commitee will become the path to the HOF for these three.

  • Dan Holmes

    Otto,

    Mickey Lolich is more deserving than the former Tigers on this ballot, or anyone on the Hall of Fame ballot?

    Dan

  • Doc Hills

    Lolich was a natural southpaw who could make (and eat) donuts with either hand. Let’s see Clemens or Bonds top that.

  • Dan Holmes

    Good one, Doc. HOWEVER, Lolich was actually right-handed until an accident when he was a toddler forced him to use his left arm for several months. 🙂

  • J.B.

    The real disappointment with this year’s HOF “non-election” is the fact that all the “noise” from the media is centered around the players (with steroid induced statistics) who didn’t make it. The focus should be on why a player the caliber of Jack Morris didn’t make it (again) by a slim margin.
    For the life of me, I cannot believe or understand why Jack Morris is not yet a member of the MLB HOF.

  • Randy Roenicke

    What about Bill Freehan? As deserving as the others mentioned here are, they are all overshadowed by Freehan, who unfortunately was overshadowed by the greatest catcher of all time, Johnny Bench. Look at Freehan’s all star appearances and his gold glove awards. Truly one of the all time greats.

  • Dan Holmes

    Randy,

    I agree that Freehan is overlooked. He was a very good catcher, certainly better than a few who are in the Hall of Fame.

    Unfortunately, because Bill had his best years in the 1960s when offense was suppressed (.275 was like a .300 average and 20-25 homers was good power), his numbers don’t look as good as they are.

    Dan

  • Gregory A

    Morris deserves to be in the HOF. The fact that he was …and continues to be a Hank Aaron type Prick should not detract from his pro accomplishments. First class ”gamer” who won three …3 World Series with three different teams! If that’s not H O F material nothing is!

  • Dan Holmes

    Gregory,

    To support your point even further: Morris actually won four World Series (one with Detroit, one with Minnesota, and two with the Blue Jays).

    Dan

  • Perry G

    It’s really sad that the other pitchers who lead the decade with wins are in the HOF..1900s Christy Mathews..1910s Walter Johnson..1920s Burleigh Hrimes..1930s Lefty Grove..1940s Hal Newhouser..1950s Warren Spahn..1960s Juan Marichal..1970s Jim Palmer..1980s Jack Morris…1990s Greg Maddux(he will get in)…wake up HOF writers.what a crock…

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