Former Minnesota Twins’ Jack Morris not surprised by yet another Hall of Fame Snub- MLB News
The 2013 Hall of Fame vote saw no one making an entrance into Cooperstown. Those who did not get a nod include a number of first timers as well as some names that have been up for the vote several times. There is also some controversy about a number of players
from the steroid era who were accused of being involved in steroid use, some of them confessed to it as well.
Amongst those who returned to the ballot included 14th timer Jack Morris. The 57-year-old had a successful Major League career as a starting pitcher that spanned over 18 years.
During this period, Jack posted a 254-186 record with a 3.90 career ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.
1992 was probably the best season of his Major League career when he posted a 21-6 winning record in 34 starts despite having a relatively high 4.04 ERA.
This year Jack was the recipient of second highest number of votes after Craig Biggio with 385 votes, amounting up to almost 68 percent, still seven percent short of the require 75 percent.
Morris expected to fall short as he is aware of the nature of the guys voting for the Hall of Fame. He recently discussed the vote with MLB.com over the phone.
"I wasn't shocked. I actually predicted this," Morris told MLB.com. "It's just the nature of the beast. It's just a whole bunch of guys [on the ballot]."
Jack also sees some future Hall of Fame guys in the current list of candidates but he is not too sure if they are the kind who can make it to Cooperstown at the first attempt.
"I think there are Hall of Fame-worthy guys [coming to the ballot], quite a few in my opinion," Morris said. "The question is whether they're first-ballot-worthy guys."
He feels that the name of some steroid era guys overshadowed the whole process and brought the level of excitement down.
"It took the wind out of our sails," Morris said.
On a personal note, Morris also thinks that he has the right to be disappointed after being snubbed once more despite having a fantastic record in the Major League. He feels that he will not be thinking too much about it though.
"I think I have a right to be disappointed," said Morris. "Disappointment's fine, as long as you don't dwell on it."
The only way the former pitcher sees to convince some of the guys of his abilities is to get back on the mound and show his stuff once more. But Jack feels that that particular ship has sailed.
It is indeed strange to see Jack Morris to have fallen short for a 14th time in the vote. He thoroughly deserves a place in the Hall of Fame and one hopes that the writers will give him the nod in his 15th and final chance next year.