Jack Morris falls in final Hall of Fame vote; three others selected

  • Article by: Phil Miller , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2014 - 12:34 AM

The St. Paul native fell short again in his 15th and final year on the writers’ ballot. His reaction? He’s glad it’s over.

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amk8930Jan. 8, 14 1:04 PM

There needs to be a new system in place. Morris should be in.

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chrisnikJan. 8, 14 1:08 PM

Three great candidates got in. Morris did not deserve to be in at this point, as he simply had bad luck from having three sure-fire hall of famers on the ballot this year going against him. I'm not a fan of the voting process either, but they got it right. Maddux, Glavine and Thomas all deserve to be in.

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Zekeman10Jan. 8, 14 1:18 PM

Morris is borderline to me. What also is borderline is Phil Miller's description of HOF'ers who have significant ties to the Twins - - - Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven, Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield. Uh, I think Killebrew, Carew, and Puckett are for sure ties to the Twins. Blyleven played a good chunk of his career with Minnesota, and now has ties via broadcasting the team on TV - so I guess I am OK with him. But Molitor and Winfield - - their playing careers, except for 1-year each, were with other teams primarily. Seems like a bit of a stretch to include those two. I know they are from here, and, I know Molitor is employed by the Twins as a coach now. But still, as players, not much time spent here in Minnesota.

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william16Jan. 8, 14 1:24 PM

Given Morris' longstanding and well-known antagonism toward the media while a pitcher, it's no surprise he was not elected by the Baseball Writers Association. The media have long memories about their treatment by players. The only real surprise is that Morris got more than 60% of the votes. But the HOF is not a shrine to saints. If Tony LaRussa, who claims he never noticed PED use by players like Canseco and McGuire while managing, can get elected to the HOF by the Veterans Cmte, Morris can too.

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tthJan. 8, 14 1:38 PM

He'll always be a hall of famer to me for the way he pitched in game 7 of the '91 World Series.

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neildownJan. 8, 14 1:44 PM

Morris shouldn't worry. Every player in baseball history who has gotten more than 50% of the vote but fallen short of 75% has gotten into the Hall of Fame, except Gil Hodges--most via the Veterans Committee. Also, no starting pitcher from Jack's era--pitchers who threw their first pitch in the 70s--has been elected. Tom Verducci calls it "the Dark Ages" for starting pitchers.

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mankatoeastJan. 8, 14 1:44 PM

I guess pitching the best world series game ever for a pitcher doesn't count.

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sek2undrstndJan. 8, 14 1:52 PM

Publicly, however, Maddux is dismissive of his reputation, saying, "People think I'm smart? You know what makes you smart? Locate your fastball down and away. That's what makes you smart. You talk to Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, or Tom Seaver. They'll all tell you the same thing. It's not your arm that makes you a great pitcher. It's that thing between your ears we call a brain."

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stevemktoJan. 8, 14 1:53 PM

Jack was the winningest pitcher of the 80s in the AL and the dominant starter of his era. He was the last guy in baseball who was determined to finish what he started. Started 2 All Star games in the 80s(& named to 4 All Star games), and although Trammell won the MVP of the 1984 World Series, Jack won the Babe Ruth Award that year as the most outstanding player of the post season. Not enough ? OK, let's go the 90s...started another All Star game, 91 World Series MVP with the Twins, won 20 games with the 92 World Champion Blue Jays ...and won yet another World Series with the 93 Blue Jays. Dominant starter, last pitcher that didn't rely on his bullpen, pitched to the score, and all that mattered to him was winning. Regarding his relationship with the press, I grew up with Jack and played ball with him throughout high school. All you had to know about Jack was this...if he won, he would talk your ear off. If he lost, stay away, because no one was a more sour loser than Jack. We all understood that about Jack at a very young a get.

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stevemktoJan. 8, 14 1:55 PM

Meant to say: We all understood that about Jack at a very young age.

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