Detroit Tigers History

Jack Morris, the Hall of Famer

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 16: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch against the New York Yankees during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 16: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch against the New York Yankees during game three of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 16, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Pitcher became eligible for Hall of Fame consideration in 2000 but was never able to reach the threshold bar required to be elected into the Hall of Fame.

Tiger fans knew who was and wasn’t a Hall of Famer. George KellJim Bunning, Al Kaline and Eddie Mathews fit the bill but Tiger great Mickey Lolich did not.

There are no disputing sabermetric tools that showed many of Morris’ stats were not consistent with previous players elected to the Hall. Tiger fans responded by essentially saying “I know what I know and I know Morris is a Hall of Famer”.

Sometimes, a vicious argument broke out between the two factions on the sports pages and on the internet.

While Morris never reached the threshold to be elected into the Hall by the BBWAA, the issue was settled in December of 2017.  Both he and Alan Trammell were voted into the 2018 class of baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Eras committee.

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Hall of Fame members such as George Brett, Rod Carew and 11 others who competed against Morris sided with the fans over BBWAA. To the delight of Tiger and many baseball fans, Jack Morris is now in the Hall of Fame.

Now the issue becomes; Was Alan Trammell truly deserving of a Hall of Fame selection?

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