Jack Morris’ quest to reach the MLB Hall of Fame is down to its final shot. The former Detroit Tigers pitcher again fell short of induction (as did everyone else on the 2013 ballot) — Morris received 67.7 percent of votes, shy of the 75 percent required to make the Hall.
This was Morris’ 14th year on the Hall of Fame ballot, meaning he has just one year of eligibility left. Players who will be eligible for the first time next year include Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Mike Mussina, Tom Glavine, Jeff Kent and Luis Gonzalez, among others, meaning Morris’ odds of jumping up the 75-percent barrier do not look promising.
Morris received just a slight bump from the 66.7 percent he received last year, when only Barry Larkin earned induction.
That’s one more player than reached the required vote total this year — for just the eighth time in history and the first time since 1996, the Baseball Writers Association of America elected no candidates to the Hall.
While Morris will be a highly discussed candidate again next year, Alan Trammell’s support appears to be dwindling. The ex-Tigers shortstop received 36.8 percent of the vote last year, only to drop to 33.6 in 2013. While he still has three years of eligibility left, and his ’13 total secured him a spot on next year’s ballot, he has a lot of ground to cover.
Two other former Tigers, David Wells and Rondell White, were bounced from the 2014 ballot based on their 2013 results. Wells received five votes (0.9%) in his first year of eligibility; White earned zero votes.