The latest Hall Call
Roberto Alomar, the best all-around second baseman I’ve ever seen, is now in the Hall of Fame, and rightfully so. Bert Blyleven is also a worthy selection and probably long overdue.
The one omission that puzzles me is Jack Morris. I know his ERA (3.90) is never going to wow anyone. But talk about a guy you wanted on the mound in a big spot. Throughout his career, he gobbled up innings and won big games for his team. Morris was a key member of the dominant 1984 Tigers. In fact, between 1979-88, he averaged 17 wins for a team that was in the thick of the race in many of those years.
Then he moved on to the Twins in 1991, and not only won 18 games in his first year there, but turned in one of the most memorable performances in World Series history — that 1-0, 10-inning gem that beat John Smoltz and the Atlanta Braves in Game 7.
The next year? It was on to Toronto, where Morris equaled a career-high with 21 wins. Again, his team won the World Series. That gave Morris three rings for his career. He would get a fourth by the next year, despite being in personal decline at that point.
For the majority of his career, he was a front-line pitcher and finished with 254 wins. I think that there is such a thing as “clutch pitching”, and pitchers like Morris, John Smoltz and Curt Schilling to name three — defined it. Morris received 311 votes for a percentage of 53.5 votes. he finished fourth in the balloting, trailing the two Hall of Famers and Barry Larkin.
We’ve seen other players have their totals spike up and get in after results like that. This was year No. 11 on the ballot for Morris, so he still has four more chances.