Wednesday marked the last chance Jack Morris had at getting into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and for the 15th and final time, Morris fell short.
The BYU alumnus, who won 254 games in his 18-year career for the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, fell shy of the 75 percent vote requirement by 78 total votes, or 13.5 percent of the BBWAA votes.
Morris’s name has been thrown around as a possibility of reaching the Hall of Fame the past few seasons.
Though eligible voters can select up to 10 players on their respective ballot, MLB.com’s Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick received attention Tuesday when MLB.com released 17 of their writer’s ballots because he voted solely for Morris.
“He gets my vote for more than a decade of ace performance that included three 20-win seasons, Cy Young Award votes in seven seasons and Most Valuable Player Award votes in five,” Gurnick wrote in the MLB.com article. “As for those who played during the period of PED use, I won’t vote for any of them.”
Morris received 67.7 percent of votes in 2012 and 66.7 percent the year before that. His name first appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2000, where he received 22.2 percent of the vote that year.
Once eligible, an MLB player has 15 years to reach the Hall of Fame through BBWAA voting. Morris may still be elected to the Hall of Fame, if selected by the MLB Veterans Committee.
Morris has kept mum about his last year of eligibility. However, his former teammate Alan Trammell spoke to the Associated Press about Morris’s chances.
“Going back to our era, I think he was as good as there was for that period of time,” Trammell told the Associated Press. “And I think those are the kinds of qualifications that get people into the Hall of Fame.”
Morris pitched for BYU in 1975 and 1976. He compiled a 4.89 ERA in his college career before the Tigers selected him in the fifth round of the 1976 MLB player draft. The righty appeared in 21 games over two seasons with the Cougars, finishing with 10 wins, 106 strikeouts in his collegiate career.
Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, and first baseman Frank Thomas all made the 2014 Hall of Fame class Wednesday. Second baseman Craig Biggio finished just two votes shy of reaching the Hall of Fame.