(Photo via the Flickr Creative Commons, thanks to Roger DeWitt)
It has been announced that Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are headed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame next year, as they become the 21st and 22nd Detroit Tigers to receive this distinction.
In order to receive Hall of Fame regard, the players must receive at least 12 votes from the 16-person Modern Era committee who votes on the players. Morris received 14 votes, while Trammell received 13.
The Modern Era committee meets every couple years to vote on players who have exhausted their Hall of Fame eligibility. Morris ran out of eligibility on the BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot in 2014 and Trammell ran out in 2016.
Morris went to Brigham Young University before being drafted to the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 1976 draft. He won 254 games in his 18-year career en route to five All-Star game appearances. Morris finished among the league’s best pitchers in Cy Young voting five times in his career, but he never took home the hardware.
He won at least 20 games in three separate seasons and finished with at least 200 strikeouts three times as well. He currently ranks 34th on the all-time leaderboard for strikeouts.
Amazingly, he had 11 seasons where he pitched over 235 innings, and currently ranks 50th in innings pitched all-time. Interestingly enough, he is now going to have the highest ERA of any pitcher in the Hall of Fame with a 3.90 mark.
Trammell went to Kearny High School in San Diego, California where he played his high school ball. He joined Morris, not only just on the Tigers roster but on the Tigers 1976 draft class, as Trammell was drafted in the second round of that year’s draft. The two players played together for Detroit from 1977-to-1990, where Trammell was a dual-threat at the plate and on the basepaths.
Trammell smacked 185 home runs and swiped 236 bases while making it to six All-Star games in his 20-year tenure with the Tigers. He concluded his career with four Gold Glove awards and three Silver Slugger awards.
His best season came in the 1987 season when he finished second in AL MVP voting. That year he finished with a .343/.402/.953 slash line with 28 home runs and 105 RBI, while stealing 21 bases and finishing with an eye-popping 8.2 WAR.
Falling just short with 11 votes was Ted Simmons, followed by Marvin Miller, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Luis Tiant.
The next time the Modern Era committee will meet will be following the 2019 MLB season where they will induct their next crop of players who are deserving of having their names enshrined in the Hall of Fame.