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Trammell and Morris, Headed to Cooperstown

Detroit Tigers fans rejoiced on Sunday, as the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Modern Era Committee elected Alan Trammell and Jack Morris to join baseball’s elite in Cooperstown.  The Modern Era Committee is composed of 16 members who examine and vote on players who are no longer eligible for enshrinement by the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and who began their careers between 1970 and 1987.  

Both Trammell and Morris were teammates from 1977 through 1990 and led the Tigers to the 1984 World Championship, defeating the San Diego Padres in five games.  Morris departed for Minnesota after the 1990 season.  Trammell would play his entire 20 year career with Detroit, as well as three seasons as Manager (2003-2005).  

In terms of Shortstops, Alan Trammell matches up quite well against Hall of Famers, particularly of his era.  Trammell’s .285 lifetime Batting Average, 2365 Hits, 198 Home Runs, 1003 RBIs put his career statistics almost exactly in line with Barry Larkin.  Trammell’s WAR rating (70.4) and Larkin’s (70.2) are also nearly identical; only slightly behind Derek Jeter (71.8). The four-time Gold Glover, three-time Silver Slugger and six-time All-Star showed considerably more ability at the plate than contemporaries like Ozzie Smith,  who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.  Notably, Trammell was also the MVP of the 1984 World Series.  He hit .450 with two Home Runs and 6 RBIs.  Those two HRs came in Game 4, providing the offense for a Jack Morris victory.

Jack Morris was simply one of the most dominant Pitchers of his era.  His 254 Wins places him 43rd all-time, ahead of Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford, Jim Bunning, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz.  Morris was the winningest Pitcher of the 1980s (162 Wins).  His 175 Complete Games places his ahead of the likes of Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax and every Pitcher who came after him.  After leaving Detroit, Morris went on to win two more World Championships with the Minnesota Twins (1991) and Toronto Blue Jays (1992).  Morris won the World Series MVP in 1991, after going 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, including a 10 inning shutout of the Atlanta Braves in Game 7.  

As the Tigers head into a rebuilding year in 2018, the election of Trammell and Morris provide a much needed morale boost the franchise and it’s fan base.  It offers the club an opportunity to commemorate the past, while working toward the future.  The Tigers have already announced they will retire Trammell’s #3 and Morris’ #47 in an August ceremony.  Besides Sparky Anderson, no other numbers have been retired from the 1984 team.  Trammell and Morris will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on July 29, 2018.  

Brian Koss

Brian Koss

Brian has been a contributing writer to Legends on Deck since April 2017. He’s a diehard Detroit Tigers fan, who grew up playing and following baseball in the suburbs of Detroit. He covers the Tigers and their farm system for LOD and also likes writing about the general state of baseball. Brian and his family reside in the suburbs of Orlando, where he enjoys coaching Little League and passing on his love of the game to the next generation.
Brian Koss