Hall Of Fame Debate: Jack Morris VS Bert Blyleven
While researching this week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ I reviewed a lot of closed auctions on Ebay. Among them, was a handful of rookie baseball cards – and my goal was to find the most underappreciated rookie card from the 1970’s. My choice was Eddie Murray’s card from the 1978 Topps set.
The card that finished in second place during my search was Jack Morris’ rookie card from the same 1978 Topps set. Amazingly, that card can be regularly had for under $5.00.
I have that card in my collection. And I am happy that I do.
As you all know, this is the final year that Morris can appear on the ballot for Hall of Fame enshrinement, and like a fellow pitcher that made the Hall of Fame on his last attempt, he stands a good chance to gain the needed 75%.
That other pitcher – Bert Blyleven.
So, I thought we could do a little side-by-side between the two players and their major league careers. And while we’re at it – let’s decide which pitcher was ‘better’ and also vote for Morris’ HOF status as well.
Great – Let’s do this!!
Here is a look at stats:
|20+ Win Seasons
|15-19 Win Seasons
While very comparable, there are definitely areas of the game in which each player excelled.
For Blyleven, he was obviously a more dominant pitcher – his strikeout tally is much great than that of Morris, and the number of K’s per 9 innings is solid. His complete games and shutouts are also much greater than what Morris compiled.
As for Morris, he was a more consistent winner – and has a higher career win percentage. He averaged more wins per season than Blyleven over the length of his career but had a higher ERA as well. Morris was an All-Star 5 times during his career – very notable for his era.
As for the postseason, both did very well – but it was Morris that stood out with his MVP performances.
And now, on to my vote:
Between Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris, I would state that Blyleven was the better, more dominant and accomplished pitcher. His career tally in strikeouts is elite, and he is known to have the best curve-ball in the history of the games.
And as for Morris’ Hall of Fame entry, you better believe that I think he belongs. This guy was so good – even as he got older, he was able to control the game from the mound and he often shined the most in the postseason.
Now, it is your turn – Tell me who you feel had a better overall career and also give me your vote for Morris’ Hall of Fame eligibility.
I cannot wait to read your comments!!!