Jack Morris Falls Short on 2013 HOF Ballot

St. Paul, Minnesota, native Jack Morris finished with 385 of 569 possible votes today for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  This was Morris’ 14th year on the ballot, leaving him just one more shot at becoming just the 8th former Twin to receive the honor.  The 385 votes fell 42 shy of the 75% Morris needed to get in.  Morris finished second in the balloting to former Houston Astros second baseman Craig Biggio, who received 388 votes.

70 pitchers currently reside in the Hall of Fame, and one can argue for or against Morris becoming part of that elite group.  Morris won 254 games in his career, which would place him in a tie for 30th in the Hall with Red Faber.  Morris also finished with a career 3.90 ERA, putting him dead last in comparison to the group currently in the Hall of Fame.  His 2,478 strike outs rank him 18th, ahead of pitchers like Eckersley, Koufax, and Palmer.  He played in 5 All Star games in his career, while last year’s inductee Bert Blyleven played in only 2.  His career WAR was 39.3, which would tie him for 58th with Lefty Gomez.

Jack Morris is also a four-time World Series champion.  He won in 1984 with Detroit, 1991 with Minnesota, and 1992 and 1993 with Toronto.  Morris pitched 7 World Series games, won 4, lost 2, completed 3 of those 7, and finished with a career World Series ERA of 2.96.

Morris never won a Cy Young or MVP Award, but will always be remembered – especially by Twins fans – by his 10 inning shutout performance against the Atlanta Braves to win Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.  He threw 126 pitches that night, striking out 8, and willing his way to the complete game shutout.

We can debate his statistics all day long, and whether Jack Morris is worthy of a Hall of Fame induction.  His performances on the big stage, even as a 36 year old in the Metrodome, are enough to say he should be a Hall of Famer in my opinion.  Morris gets one more chance next year to break through the ballots that are now full of the mess that was the steroid era.  Let’s just hope that a year from now, 42 more writers will check the box next to the name Morris.

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