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Jack Morris (1977-1994)
The pinnacle of Morris’ career came when he won the 1991 World Series MVP while he was wearing a Minnesota Twins uniform, but Morris played 14 of his 18 seasons in Detroit.
His best season with the Tigers came in 1983 when he led the league with 293 2/3 innings and 232 strikeouts on his way to a 20-13 record. He also won 20 games in 1986 and 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Morris finished his career with a 254-186 record, 2,478 strikeouts and 3,824 innings. Morris is still ranked in the top 50 in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. His 2,478 strikeouts is 18th of all-time.
Unfortunately, some writers have probably been reluctant to vote for Morris because of his 3.90 career ERA and due to the fact he never placed above third in the Cy Young voting. Still, Morris was the ace of three World Series champions in 1984, 1991 and 1992 with three different teams. That mustn’t be discounted.
Morris’ 15 years of eligibility, however, has already expired. The highest vote percentage he ever received was in 2013 with 67.7 percent. He will have to wait and see if the veteran’s committee will vote him in several years from now.