Published: Mon, December 11, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ex-Braves great Dale Murphy denied Hall of Fame spot

Ex-Braves great Dale Murphy denied Hall of Fame spot

Manager Alan Trammell #3 of the Detroit Tigers greets former player Jack Morris as both took part in a ceremony to launch the Ameriquest offical balloting for the All Star voting before the game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on April 20, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan.

"I thought that Jack was well-deserving and in my opinion should've been in a few years ago", Trammell added. Pitching for the Minnesota Twins, Morris was the MVP of the Fall Classic and pitched a 10-inning shutout to win Game 7. The committee that elected him Sunday required 75 percent of the votes from its 16 members, made up of current Hall of Famers, MLB executives and baseball historians, and he and Trammell got 14 and 13 nods, respectively. I never had a negative thought, even though I was in trouble several times.”. "So I had the best mind-set I've ever had in my entire on that night".

He also won the 1984 World Series with the Tigers and was named World Series MVP by virtue of hitting.450 with two home runs and six RBI in five games. Next winter will be the Today's Game committee that covers 1988 to the present. "But I don't regret doing that, because if you go to the wall and never try to push down the wall, you'll never know if you can". "But they haven't been conditioned to it, both physically and mentally". He said sabermetrics should not be used to evaluate his era.

Now 59, Trammell was a steady presence in the middle of the diamond while playing all 20 of his seasons in Detroit. Going 254-186 in the regular season, the five-time All-Star had been a contentious candidate during his 15 years on the BBWAA ballot as devotees to newer stats discounted the older guard's reliance on Morris' perceived "big game" intangibles.

During his 20 Major League Baseball seasons, Trammell was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove award victor and three-time Silver Slugger award victor. He had a career batting average of.285 with 2,365 hits, 185 home runs and 1,003 runs batted in. He also once reached 67.7 percent in the BBWAA ballot before his eligibility expired.

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Once the leadership of both chambers of Congress officially receive the letter, they are expected to hold a joint session to discuss the matter.

Morris and Trammell will be enshrined in Cooperstown in the summer of 2018. That was in 1995, when the Tigers played the Cubs in the Hall of Fame exhibition game.

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

Trammell and Morris were joined by fellow finalists: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons and Luis Tiant.

The BBWAA annual vote on players will be announced January 24.

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