Alan Trammell Wins Long Overdue Election To Hall Of Fame

Alan Trammell Wins Long Overdue Election To Hall Of Fame

Alan Trammell Wins Long Overdue Election To Hall Of Fame

"All of us in the Tigers baseball operations department congratulate Alan Trammell and Jack Morris on the result of today's election". Yet somehow he only received 2.9% of the vote in his lone year on the Hall of Fame ballot.

"I want all the writers to know that I'm not mad at any of you", Morris, a St. Paul native and graduate of Highland Park High School, said at a news conference at baseball's annual winter meetings. "I want to share it". I appreciate and understand how hard it had to be.

Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Atlanta Braves great Dale Murphy was not elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee on Sunday.

Trammell and Morris are the first two Tigers from the 1984 World Series team to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

"I've bot to believe, in a insane sort of way, that this was the sweetest way to go in", Morris told MLB.com. "And right at 5:45, the phone rings".

While Morris' election was mostly popular back home, it caused some backlash in the larger community of baseball followers. The rest of the class will be announced on January 24. Morris and Trammell were chosen by a 16-man panel that considered candidates from the sport's modern era. He played on four World Series-winning teams, and his 162 victories in the 1980s were the most of any pitcher. The older you get, the more you can be appreciative of what it all means. But these voters, full of contemporaries such as Rod Carew and George Brett, felt differently. "It really does", said Trammell. "There have always been arguments on both sides, but the people that competed against him year after year knew that Jack was a Hall of Famer".

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He completes a St. Paul trifecta, joining Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield as that city's star players who achieved the ultimate individual honor in baseball. I wasn't born and raised in the analytics that are in the game today. "But whether or not it happened, I was going to be the same guy".

Morris laughed when Hrbek's quote was relayed to him.

Vern Law slowed down Morris' delivery and added to his selection of pitches, maximizing the athletic ability that Tuckett says would have qualified Morris to play basketball for BYU (as Vance Law did) or football as a receiver. A well-deserved honor for both Jack Morris and Alan Trammell - even if it did take a little too long. Based on collegiate exploits, the breakthrough might have come from Cory Snyder or Wally Joyner, who had nice pro careers, just not at a Hall of Fame level. Yes, he played in Minnesota for just one year, but what a glorious 1991 season it was.

"Obviously, this is a very humbling point in my life", said Morris, who pitched a 1-0, 10-inning shutout when the Twins won Game 7 of the 1991 World Series in Minneapolis.

Post-election hubris set in Sunday evening as Morris entered the lobby of the Dolphin Resort Hotel to appear on the MLB Network following the announcement. "Hey!" could be heard down the hallway.

While it would be outstanding to see Morris choose a Blue Jay cap to wear on his Hall of Fame plaque, it's widely expected that he'll represent the Detroit Tigers, where he played 14 of his 18 big league seasons.

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