Clearing out a mental notebook — and a paper-based one, too — on a dreary Friday afternoon:
- Morris Left Out Again: Our most recent poll question, Does Jack Morris deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?, pulled in 57 responses, 61 percent (35 votes) said yes; 39 percent (22 votes) said nay. Early on, the results were dead even but as the month progressed — and the Hall of Fame voting drew nearer — Morris gained steam among the Fungo Faithful.
Alas, another year has passed and Jack the Cat will not be inducted in Cooperstown. Yes, his vote total reached 44 percent this year, but it seems that Morris may end up a Veterans’ Committee selection down the road. You know how I feel about that.
- Speaking of the Hall of Fame, Alan Trammell garners a meager 17.4 percent? That’s embarrassing.
- On this date in 1996 the Tigers acquired OF Duane Singleton from the Brewers for LHP Henry Santos.
- And here’s one we missed from yesterday: on Jan. 22, 1992, the Tigers traded LHP Paul Gibson to the Mets for OF Mark Carreon and LHP Tony Castillo.
- Happy 58th Birthday to former Tiger
Charlie Spikeswho played in 10 games for the 1978 Tigers (.250, 0 HR, 2 RBI). He was acquired on Dec. 9, 1977, from the Indians for shortstop Tom Veryzer.
- So Brandon Lyon looks like the Tigers closer for 2009. We’ll see if he can shake off whatever ailed him last season in Arizona and actually close some games. If he does sign with the Tigers he will be the second Brandon on the team and â€“ how’s this for minutiae? â€“ both Brandons have last names consisting of four letters. Yeah, it’s a slow news week.
Have a great weekend.