In a year where the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was as controversial as it has ever been, two of the more talked about holdovers were passed over again. Much to the chagrin of Detroit fans who watched Jack Morris and Alan Trammell lead the Tigers to the 1984 World Series title.
Morris, in his 14th year on the ballot, finished second in voting. In his 12th year on the Hall of Fame ballot, Trammell (33.6%) was once again passed over, falling well shy of the 75% needed to be elected to the hallowed shrine in Cooperstown.
Faced with several alleged and admitted steroid users on their ballots, the voters voted in just one player, who will join Deacon White, Jacob Ruppert, and Hank O’Day, the trio who were slected last November by the Hall of Fame’s veterans committee.
Morris will have one more shot at election next January, while Trammell has three more chances but seems to be drifting away from any serious consideration by the baseball writers.
The 1984 Tigers are one of only two World Championship teams before 1995 who do not have a player in the Hall of Fame. Manager Sparky Anderson is in the Hall of Fame, but pitching ace Morris, shortstop Trammell, and second baseman Lou Whitaker have all garnered attention from baseball fans since their retirements. Most stat-minded fans seem to support the election of Trammell and his double play partner Whitaker, who surprisingly dropped off the writer’s ballot in his first season when he received less than 5% support. Morris has gradually earned more support as voters re-evaluate his career in the context of his era.