Former BYU pitcher Jack Morris was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its Modern Era committee on Sunday along with past Detroit Tigers teammate Alan Trammell.
Morris won 254 games and had seven postseason victories, including his 10-inning shutout in a 1-0 triumph for the Minnesota Twins over the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series.
“No question, it was my defining stage in baseball,” Morris said. “I never thought I was in trouble, and I understood I can take off of it if I was. So I had the best mindset I’ve ever had in my entire [career] on that night.”
Morris’s 3.90 career ERA edges Red Ruffing’s 3.80 as the highest by any pitcher in the Hall.
“For years, my earned run average has been an issue for a lot of people that thought it was not fantastic enough for Hall of Fame honors, but I never once thought about pitching for an ERA. I consistently thought about completing games, starting games, eating up innings and trying to triumph games more importantly than anything else,” Morris said. “Today’s generation is different. In my heart of hearts, I don’t think for a second that guys that are pitching, the elite guys especially that are pitching in the game today, can not do what we did. I fathom they could. But they haven’t been conditioned to it, both physically and mentally.”
For years, Morris harbored a few resentment for not being voted into the Hall earlier, reported the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
But that resentment has melted away.
“I want all the writers to fathom that I’m not mad at any of you,” Morris, a St. Paul native, stated at a news conference at baseball’s annual winter meetings. “I appreciate and grasp how difficult it had to be. I finally grew up and learned that there’s reasons I maybe didn’t deserve to be in.”
“Despite 254 career victories, including the highest triumph complete for any pitcher in the 1980s, Morris never was able to secure the 75-percent backing on the writers’ ballot he needed for Cooperstown induction,” according to the Pioneer Press. “He peaked at 67.7 percent in 2012, his second-to-last of 15 years on the ballot.”
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