Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Former Tigers Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

Former Tigers Morris, Trammell elected to Hall of Fame

Former Detroit Tigers shortstop and manager Alan Trammell was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the MLB winter meetings Sunday in Orlando, as was former Tigers pitcher Jack Morris.

Morris won 20 or more games on three occasions.

Former catcher Ted Simmons fell one vote short of election and former players' union head Marvin Miller was five shy of the 12 needed for election.

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The 16-member modern era committee, which included Hall of Fame players, former executives and writers, included Morris supporters in Twins great Rod Carew, former Toronto executive Paul Beeston and former Braves executive John Schuerholz. His 10-inning, 1-0 shutout in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series for the Twins against Atlanta is one of the most memorable single-game performances in sports history.

"I definitely want to come back some day", he said that afternoon, "but I probably wouldn't go through it in my uniform". He played the first 14 years of his career with the Tigers where he earned four All-Star bids and helped Detroit capture the 1984 World Series. He was a six-time All-Star and won four Gold Gloves and three Silver Sluggers in addition to being named the 1984 World Series MVP. His 3.90 career ERA tops Red Ruffing's 3.80 as the highest of any pitcher in the Hall. He batted.285 with 185 home runs and a.352 on-base average - he walked 850 times and struck out 874.

Morris, a five-time All-Star, compiled a 254-186 record in 18 big-league seasons with the Tigers (1977-90), Minnesota Twins (1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992-93) and Cleveland Indians (1994). His best showing came in his a year ago, when he got 40.9 percent in 2016. He also once reached 67.7 percent in the BBWAA ballot before his eligibility expired. The voters were allowed to choose up to four nominees, and finalists needed at least 75 percent of the vote to be elected into Cooperstown.

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The BBWAA annual vote on players will be announced January 24.

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates, and Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens are Barry Bonds among the holdovers.

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