Hall Of Fame Debate: Will Jack Morris’ 15th Chance Be The One???
Since the introduction of my ‘Hall of Fame Debate’ series, we have discussed the career of Jack Morris on more than one occasion. We’ve talked about his on-the-field accomplishments and we have even matched up his numbers to others to show just how good Morris performed as a big league pitcher.
But, tonight’s post is a little different.
This year is the final time that Morris’ name will land on a conventional Hall of Fame ballot. This is the fifteenth time Morris is up for election – the final time!
In the past, we have seen that the last shot on the ballot can be beneficial. It was for Jim Rice in 2009. But, it does not always land you more votes as we saw just last year when Dale Murphy was on his 15th ballot.
So, my question tonight is this – Will Jack Morris’ 15th Chance Be The One???
Does the fact that this is the 15th and final time that Morris will be on the ballot get him anything? Does it get him a few more votes?? In the 2013 voting, Morris collected 385 votes, good for 67.7% of the vote but still well short of the needed 75%.
Here is another look at what Morris accomplished in the majors:
527 starts with a 254-186 record. Morris recorded 20 or more wins on three occasions and 15-19 wins nine times. He has a career ERA of .390 with 2,478 strikeouts (league leader in 1983 with 232). He threw 175 complete games and 28 shutouts during his career. Morris’ K:9 inning ratio is 5.9:1.00 and his K:Walk ratio is 1.78:1.00. In 3,824 innings of work, Morris allowed 3,567 hits and 1,815 runs scored against him.
As for accolades, Morris was named as an All-Star five times. He also finished in the Top Five for the Cy Young Award on five occasions as well.
As for post-season play, this may be where Morris stands out the most. He competed in three World Series match-ups and won all three times – 1984, 1991, 1992. All three titles came with different teams too. Morris has a post-season record of 7-4, with a 4-2 World Series record. He was the MVP of the 1991 World Series in which he went 2-0 against the mighty Atlanta Braves.
For me, it comes down to the remainder of the ballot. And I think that there is just too many worthy players on the ballot for Morris to pick up more votes than he did last year. Sadly, I think he will get fewer votes this year than he did in years past as there are a lot more players on the ballot now that will grab votes.
Between Maddux, Glavine, Mussina, Kent, and Thomas – those guys are going to grab tons of votes. Then you have Biggio, Bagwell, Piazza, and Schilling still on the ballot from last year. And don’t forget that votes will still be cast for Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds too.
Sadly, I think that the players that have been on the ballot for 8+ years are going to suffer the most over the next 4-5 years. The new additions to the ballot are going to keep forcing them farther and farther down the list so guys like Tim Raines, Lee Smith, and unfortunately Jack Morris are going to suffer as a result.
Sorry Mr. Morris, you would have my vote, but I just don’t see this happening…
What do you think??