Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Detroit Tigers stars Alan Trammell, Jack Morris make Baseball Hall of Fame

Detroit Tigers stars Alan Trammell, Jack Morris make Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. He is a three-time World Series champion, once each with the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays.

The Modern Era Committee is one of four Hall of Fame Committees based on era of play (Today's Game -1988-Present, Modern Era - 1970-1987, Golden Days - 1950-1969 and Early Baseball - 1871-1949) that has a rotation of when it can elect players, managers, umpires and executives that are no longer eligibles to be voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"I definitely want to come back some day", he said that afternoon, "but I probably wouldn't go through it in my uniform".

Trammell was the 1984 World Series MVP, hitting.450 as the Tigers trounced San Diego in five games and finished off a season in which they started out 35-5.

The decisions came on a vote by the Hall of Fame Modern Era Committee. He scored 1,231 runs and drove in 1,003 while batting.285. He was a six-time All-Star with four AL Gold Glove Awards, three AL Silver Slugger Awards and was named the World Series Most Valuable Player in 1984.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame will induct at least two new members next summer. Though he never received more than 40.9% of the vote in his 15 years on the BBWAA ballot - well short of the 75% required for election - Trammell's numbers compare favorably to shortstops inducted in the past, like Ozzie Guillen and Barry Larkin. His best showing came in his past year, when he got 40.9 percent in 2016.

Morris, a five-time All-Star, compiled a 254-186 record in 18 big-league seasons with the Tigers (1977-90), Minnesota Twins (1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992-93) and Cleveland Indians (1994). Starting at 22 per cent in his first Hall ballot appearance in 2000, Morris reached at high of 67.7 per cent in 2003, his next to last appearance.

The other candidates were Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Luis Tiant.

The results of the BBWAA portion of the Hall of Fame voting will be announced in January.

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