Making Jack Morris' case for the HoF
It appears that Jack Morris won't be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this summer, with this year being his last opportunity to be voted in by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The question is, why?
Morris was the winningest pitcher of the 1980's, a 254 game-winner, and he was a staff ace for multiple championship teams. These seem like Hall of Fame credentials, but he will have to wait for the Veterans Committee.
His ERA may be a bit high as well as a number of other advanced statistics, but why are we voting based on the way we look at pitchers in 2014 when Jack Morris pitched with a much different set of expectations.
Sparky Anderson, Morris' manager with the Detroit Tigers, didn't care about Morris' WHIP (Walks + Hits per Inning Pitched). What he cared about was that Morris gave the Tigers the best chance to win on any given day.
Morris was also an innings eater. From 1980-1992, he only pitched fewer than 235 innings in a season twice. This would wear down almost all of today's staff ace's.
Also, other players who are in the Hall of Fame didn't meet certain criteria for the type of player they were. Phil Rizzuto played shortstop for the New York Yankees from 1941-1942 and from 1946-1956. He had a solid glove with a below-average arm and was a mediocre hitter....
Full scoop: The Case Against Jack Morris for the Hall of Fame - 101 Baseball News
Jacob Winters makes great arguments and valid points.. suggest checking it out.
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