Detroit Tigers stars Alan Trammell, Jack Morris make Baseball Hall of Fame


Morris, who failed to gain entry after 15 tries via the Baseball Writers' Association of America, was named on 14 of 16 ballots after a four-year waiting period for another crack at sporting immortality.

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. He had a career wRC+ of 111, and a WAR of 63.7 over a career that lasted from 1977 to 1996.

The 62-year-old Morris, a three-time 20-game victor who also pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, becomes the seventh former Twin to achieve Cooperstown recognition. Overall, he hit.333 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 13 postseason games.

Trammell was the 1984 World Series MVP, hitting.450 as the Tigers trounced San Diego in five games and finished off a season in which they started out 35-5.

Twelve votes were needed for election in this process.

It took them much longer than anticipated, but the two members of the 1984 champion Detroit Tigers have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. After leaving Detroit, he spent one year in Minnesota where he earned his fifth and final All-Star nomination and won the 1991 World Series MVP, going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA in three starts against the Braves. He had 2,365 career hits and stole 236 bases and was a five-time Gold Glove victor. He also once reached 67.7 percent in the BBWAA ballot before his eligibility expired.

Morris, who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, finished his career with a 3.90 ERA and a 254-186 record.

Morris, 62, came closer to the Hall of Fame in his stay on the BBWAA ballot, with a high-water mark of 61.5%, but still had to wait for the special election.

Hall of Fame players George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount were on the panel that voted. After the Hall downsized the committee, he got 3 of 12 votes in 2007, 7 of 12 in 2009 and 11 of 16 in 2010, one fewer than the necessary 75 percent. That field of candidates includes ex-Twins Johan Santana and Jim Thome.

With his election, Morris has the highest ERA - 3.90 - of a starting pitcher in the Hall of Fame.