Originally written January 04, 2012 on The Hardball Times:
The Hall of Fame results will be announced next week, and the subject of Jack Morris continues unabated. I admit that it's hard for me to take the Morris Hall of Fame campaign seriously, but Chris Jaffe predicts he'll get 65% of the vote. That's astonishing to me. A lot of people have written a lot about Morris, and I'm not going to repeat it all here. But one of the things I've heard from a Morris defender is this: Now that Bert Blyleven's in the Hall, Morris should be, too. I'd like to put that notion to rest. First, there are the surface stats: Blyleven pitched 4,970 innings, struck out 3,701 batters and had a 3.31 ERA. When you compare his ERA to his contemporaries (and adjust for ballpark), his ERA+ is 118. That means that the adjusted league-average ERA was 18 percent higher than his. Morris pitched 3,824 innings, struck out 2,478 batters (5.8 per nine innings vs. Blyleven's mark of 6.7 per nine innings) and had a 3.90 ERA. His ERA+ w...
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