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.