Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/21/12
Two years ago, I asked Dennis Eckersley about Barry Larkin and Alan Trammell. The two shortstops were on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that winter, and Eckersley had faced both during his playing career. "Trammell and Larkin," Eckersley, a 2004 Hall inductee, told me then, "are real close." The Hall of Fame voting may finally start to reflect that fact when the latest results are announced next month. Trammell isn't expected to reach Cooperstown this time, but he should take a big leap while his longtime Detroit teammate, ace pitcher Jack Morris, is poised to earn election in his 14th time on the ballot. The 1984 Tigers, it would appear, are getting better all the time. The sheer inertia of Morris' support should be enough to push him over the 75-percent threshold. He polled at 66.7 percent on the most recent ballot and is the top returning vote-getter. If he duplicates his 13.2 percent bump from 2011 to 2012, he will stand before the podium next July. And Cooperstown is the ...
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