Why Jack Morris does not belong in the Hall of Fame – Kurt Mensching – Detroit News
Statistically speaking, if elected, Jack Morris might be the fourth-worst pitcher in the Hall of Fame. Or he might be the worst, depending just which statistic you prefer.
JAWS and the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot: The All One-and-Done Team – Jay Jaffe – SI.com
Whitaker won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1978, was a five-time All-Star and a three-time Gold Glove winner. He racked up 2,369 hits and 244 homers while hitting .276/.363/.426 (117 OPS+) for his career. Yet he received just 2.9 percent of the vote in 2001, and like Grich, hasn’t even received a sniff from the Veterans or Expansion Era committees. He ranks 11th at the position in JAWS, ahead of the career standard by more than five wins, and within one point of the overall standard.
Finding the modern Lou Whitaker – Grant Brisbee – MLB Nation
As someone who grew up envying the Tigers’ double-play combo, it’s still completely baffling to see the lack of respect for Trammell and Whitaker. They were the Diamond Kings, the players on the cover of Beckett, the Starting Lineup figures in the first run. It’s hard to find a current comparison because there is no good current comparison. Maybe if Roberto Alomar played his entire career with the Reds. Trammell and Whitaker were stars. They were famous. They should have been considered for a hall filled with plaques of famous baseball players.
Brad Ausmus on TigerTalk: ‘I’m not a sabermetrician’ – HookSlide – Bless You Boys
Caputo asked Ausmus a rather pointed question about his opinion on sabermetrics, to which Ausmus said that advanced statistical data is more for analysis “after-the-fact … it doesn’t blend too close into game action.” While he acknowledged that “there’s data that I will look at, that we will use during the course of a game,” he noted that “it’s the players who win or lose the games.”