BaseballHallofFamelogo.pngSo after all the Hall of Fame ballots were counted, Tigers fans could only take solace in that Jack Morris saw his percentage of votes jump to 53.5 percent. That could bode well for the future but probably not next year.

Anyway, all the debates about whether Morris or Alan Trammell belong in Cooperstown got me wondering who the most-similar players are two these Tigers greats.

Thanks to the invaluable, we can get a quick look at how a player’s stats compare to others in baseball history.

I decided to look at how Baseball Reference compares Morris, Trammell and the BBWA-voter-shafted Lou Whitaker.

Jack Morris: Similar Pitchers — *indicates Hall of Famer

  1. Dennis Martinez (903)
  2. Bob Gibson (885) *
  3. Luis Tiant (873)
  4. Jamie Moyer (873)
  5. Red Ruffing (860) *
  6. Amos Rusie (859) *
  7. Chuck Finley (859)
  8. Burleigh Grimes (855) *
  9. Bob Feller (855) *
  10. Jim Bunning (854) *

So of the 10 in the list, Morris, who misses the cut for so many writers, actually aligns closely in career numbers with statistically to six Hall of Famers. Six!

Lou Whitaker

  1. Ryne Sandberg (901) *
  2. Alan Trammell (868)
  3. Roberto Alomar (857) *
  4. Buddy Bell (850)
  5. Joe Morgan (849) *
  6. Joe Torre (846)
  7. Ray Durham (845)
  8. Brian Downing (843)
  9. Barry Larkin (841)
  10. Julio Franco (834)

Sweetness compares to three Hall of Famers and one soon-to-be, Larkin. It’s astounding to me — and should be shameful to the writers — that Whitaker was one-and-done on the ballot.

And finally, Alan Trammell

  1. Barry Larkin (914)
  2. Edgar Renteria (895)
  3. Jay Bell (876)
  4. Lou Whitaker (868)
  5. Ray Durham (866)
  6. Tony Fernandez (865)
  7. B.J. Surhoff (860)
  8. Ryne Sandberg (859) *
  9. Pee Wee Reese (850) *
  10. Julio Franco (849)

Seeing Renteria on this list is painful if not appalling. And, it might just have obliterated any credibility of these comparisons. Nevertheless, Tram compares to a pair enshrined players and, like Whitaker, to Larkin.

What does this all prove? Probably not much. However, if, as we so often hear, writers must look at how a player compares to his contemporaries — or even to others across the history of the game — this trio of Tigers legends certainly deserve much stronger support than they’ve received to this point.

What do you think?