I still hold out hope that these two Tigers legends make it into the Hall of Fame — especially Morris, who was my favorite player. Meanwhile, former Blue Jays, Mariners and Phillies GM Pat Gillick is making a case for The Cat but our friend Rob Neyer ain’t buying it:
Pat Gillick has been a brilliant baseball man for a long time. If I haven’t already, someday I will throw my weight squarely behind his Hall of Fame candidacy. But he’s just wrong about Jack Morris. Or at the least, he pretty obviously isn’t objective about Jack Morris. That’s fine. Being objective about old ballplayers isn’t Pat Gillick’s job.
(Be sure to read the whole post.)
Rob and I have a running thing about his Morris-as-Hall-of-Famer stance; he knows I think Morris belongs (admittedly based on my youthful bias towards that early 1980s core and the fact I attended Morris’s first major-league victory), and I know Rob thinks the numbers don’t add up.
Nevertheless, it’s fun to talk about. At least I think it is.
By the by, last year we ran a Fungo Pulse Check poll on this topic and here’s how it played out:
Does Jack Morris deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?
Total Voters: 58 — Yes! (62%, 36 Votes) — No! (38%, 22 Votes)
What do you think? Is Morris a Hall of Famer? And what about Tram?