I’m sure most, if not all Detroit Tigers fans know by now, but what couldn’t be agreed on by the Baseball Writers America Association (BBWAA), was easily agreed on by the “Modern Era” cimmmittee, and that is Alan Trammell and Jack Morris are Hall of Fame worthy.
The Modern Era committee works as a second chance after a player has maxed his years on the ballot or had been removed after not receiving the needed number of votes to stay on it. This 16-person committee gave 14 votes to Tram and 13 (12 needed) to Morris to ensure their election. Left off of the ballot by the committee was of course Trammell’s double play teammate, Sweet Lou Whitaker.
The committee was made up of Hall of Famers such as George Brett, Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, Don Sutton, Robin Yount, Dave Winfield, and John Scherholz. The committee also included five executives from around the league and three historians including Jayson Stark. The Modern Era committee focuses on players who played between 1970 and 1987.
Next up will be the “Today’s Game” committee which will be at the end of 2018 and focusses on players who played 1988 to present.
Morris, won 254 games in his career and was the winningest pitcher of the ‘80’s. He finished with a 3.90 ERA in over 3,800 innings pitched, with 2,478 strike outs, and a 1.296 WHIP. Morris does have three World Series rings and pitched one of the most memorable World Series games ever, during the 1991 series.
Trammell, played 20 seasons in Detroit, finished with a .285 avereage, 672 extra base hits, 236 steals, and a WAR of 70.4. Tram has his ring from the ’84 season where is was the World Series MVP and won 4 Gold Gloves and made 6 All-Star teams. More on Alan Trammell below…
Additionally, in years past, I had written entries on building a Hall of Fame case for Alan Trammell that you can link to below…