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11.  Jack Morris
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: May 16, 1955 in St. Paul, MN USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: July 26, 1977
  • Final Game: August 07, 1994
  • TSN All-Star - 1981
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1981
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1984
  • Babe Ruth Award - 1991
  • World Series MVP - 1991
 
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Jack Morris is not the career leader in Wins.  He may however be one of the most intimidating and fierce pitchers of recent memory and he could be the hurler who wanted to win the most.

There is no mistaking the talent of Jack Morris.  He had a blistering split fingered pitch that was matched only by his sheer determination.  He was a great clutch pitcher who was on the pitching staff of four World Series Championships.  With a potential exception of Don Larsen’s perfect game, Morris pitched the greatest game in World Series history where he tossed ten shutout innings the deciding game of the 1991 World Series.  That game alone may have earned him some voted for the Hall of Fame.

The negative of Jack Morris surrounds his high career Earned Run Average.  Morris finished with a 3.90 career ERA, and he would never be found amongst the league leaders in that category.  Morris was not always the best with his control and this would occasionally lead to his undoing on the mound.  Regardless of those facts, Jack Morris was a pitcher whose teammates would rally around believing that even if he gave up a couple of runs, he had the stuff to buckle down for the rest of the game.  As the man with the most wins in the 1980’s, Jack Morris has a very strong case for induction.  He may not have had the most desirable ERA, and was the beneficiary of solid run support but to his teammates there was nobody else they would have rather seen on the hill.

Should Jack Morris be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins
  • Major Accolades and Awards: World Series MVP (1991)
    5 Time All Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987 & 1991)
    Most Wins (2) (AL) (1981 & 1992)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (AL) (1983)
    Most Strikeouts (1) (AL) (1983)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (1990)
    Most Shutouts (1) (AL) (1986)
    World Series Rings (4) (Detroit Tigers, 1984, Minnesota Twins, 1991, Toronto Blue Jays 1992 & 1993)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
    (AL: 1981, 3rd), (AL: 1983, 3rd), (AL: 1984, 7th), (AL: 1986, 5th), (AL: 1987, 9th), (AL: 1991, 4th) & (AL: 1992, 5th)
    1981 AL TSN Pitcher of the Year
    1984 & 1991 AL Babe Ruth Award
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Lowest Earned Run Average)
    12 Top Ten Finishes (Most Wins)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Most Innings Pitched)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Most Strikeouts)
    10 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 34.  Strikeouts: 2,478
    36.  Games Started: 527
    43.  Wins: 254
    50.  Innings Pitched: 3,824
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 2000: 22.2
    2001: 19.6
    2002: 20.6
    2003: 22.8
    2004: 26.3
    2005: 33.3
    2006: 41.2
    2007: 37.1
    2008: 42.9
    2009: 44.0
    2010: 52.3
    2011: 53.5
  • Should be Inducted As A: Detroit Tiger

Should Jack Morris be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 78.1%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 5.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%

Comments   

0 #5 jchuk 2017-04-07 07:09
In - he was a great pitcher. World series champion. People point to him playing so many games as being a negative in getting so many wins. However, it takes a certain amount of training and body maintenance to have such a long career. He deserves to be in.
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0 #4 Kurt 2015-06-09 04:35
Jack Morris should not even be on this list. It astounds me that anyone thinks he was ever a premiere player. It has always seemed to me that he was simply slightly better than a .500 pitcher who played long enough to compile 200+ wins. He does not belong in the Hall of Fame
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-1 #3 Tyson Ward 2013-04-28 22:13
How is he not higher on this list? He's been voted by over half of the committee multiple times and every year has gotten closer to getting in over the past dozen years. I'd put him above anyone from the steroid era AND pete rose, not cause I don't think those guys deseve to get in because I believe Barry Bonds is the best baseball player of all time, period. But because his realistic chances of getting in are higher than all of theirs, and I didn't personally know how great Jack Morris was until I heard my dad speak about his accomplishments , winning THREE games out of the four for a world series winning team? He's one of the last of the greatest "horse" pitchers ever. Just cause later in career he wasn't perfect doesn't take away from the fact he still won those rings. Baseball keeps more deserving athletes out than every other sport COMBINED, so that right there shows why even though he's not in, like Rose, Bonds, Clemens,, Morris had a hall of fame career regardless!
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0 #2 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
I think he did get that ring from Toronto. They were always very generous about giving those rings out. I remember Darrin Jackson who was with them until June 11 in the 93 campaign getting one.... He with his .215 average and .250 OBP for two months of work.
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+2 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Morris was hardly dominant in the postseason with the Blue Jays. His '92 regular-season record was good (20-game winner but high ERA) but as the staff "ace" he was not effective in the postseason (6 HR allowed in 23 IP in the ALCS and WS), and in '93 the Jays left him off the postseason roster altogether. So, the "four time world series champion" claim is disingenuous--d on't know if he still got a ring for '93, but he wasn't a factor in the postseason.

One pitcher who piled up a lot of WS championships was Catfish Hunter, who is indeed in the Hall--even though he shouldn't be. Like Morris, Hunter was perceived as a "big-game pitcher," and by a statistical coincidence his postseason ERA is the same as his career ERA: 3.26. But Hunter pitched for two very good teams, the A's and the Yankees, much like Morris did with the Twins and Blue Jays (and even the Tigers). Wins are a team-dependent stat, a fact that has benefited both Morris and Hunter.

Coin cidentally, both pitchers' career ERA+ is identical: 105. In other words, they are really both just better than league-average pitchers. That's not Hall material. The Hall goofed with Hunter but so far it has shown sensibility with Morris.
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