Why Jack Morris Should Be in the Hall of Fame

Sam FogelgarenCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 7:  Jack Morris #47 of the Minnesota Twins winds up for a pitch during a game against the California Angels at Anaheim Stadium on August 7, 1991 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Each year, the Baseball Writers of America pick the greatest players in baseball history to represent the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A player must truly be worthy of getting into the hall, as they need at least 75 percent of the votes to get in. 

There are always players that get an overwhelming amount of votes. For example, Rickey Henderson, a member of the 2009 class, received 511 of the 539 possible votes, or 94.8 percent, which is the 13th most votes a player has ever gotten.

There are always players that barely get enough votes to make it into the hall. For example, again from this HOF class, Jim Rice. Jim received 412 of the 539 possible votes, just seven more than the minimum of possible votes needed to finish with a 76.4 percent, tied with Lefty Grove for 95th most votes. 

And then we have those players who don't get enough votes. These players are still great players, but they just miss the amount of votes necessary to get into the hall. Jack Morris is one of these guys.

Morris, unlike some who don't get enough votes, deserves to be in the hall of fame. 

The one unsexy statistic that is probably holding Morris back from getting into the HOF is his ERA, which is 3.90. If Morris is elected into the hall of fame today, he would have the highest ERA for a HOF pitcher, but not by much, as Yankees great Red Ruffing's was just 10 points lower at 3.80.

Other than the ERA, Morris is more than qualified to be an HOF'er. 

A .577 winning percentage isn't anything incredible, but it's definitely better than the .515 winning percentage of HOF pitcher Eppa Rixey. With 254, Morris is tied with Red Faber for 40th on the all-time wins list. 

Morris is 31st all-time in strikeouts, a category in which he has 2,478, which includes a 1983 season when he led baseball with 232 strikeouts.

In addition to all of this, Morris has led the league in complete games, shutouts, innings pitched, games started, and wins. 

Morris has reached numerous high achievements in his career, but there is even more than what he did during the regular season. 

There is no coincidence that Jack Morris was on three world series winning teams. In 13 playoff starts, Morris is 7-4 with an ERA of 3.80. Five of these 13 games were complete games, including a shutout in the 1991 World Series win for Minnesota. 

In seven playoff series, Morris has lost only one of them—the 1987 ALCS while pitching for Detroit. 

Morris is a great moneyball pitcher, and while you can argue about 8.44 ERA in the 1992 World Series for Toronto, take a guess who won that series? (Hint: it wasn't the Braves.)

As mentioned, Morris never lost a world series, and that isn't easy to do. Morris is remembered for his unbelievable 1991 world series performance while on the Twins.

Going up against the Braves, Morris was lights out, going 2-0 with an ERA of 1.17. Two wins in one world series is generally regarded as an amazing feat, and Morris got his recognition, as he was named the 1991 World Series MVP.

Morris has done some amazing things in his career. He has over 250 wins, is just 22 strikeouts away from 2,500, and has been named the world series MVP. He also threw a no-hitter. Yet Morris is not in the hall of fame. 

Jack Morris should be in the hall of fame because of his postseason efforts. Not to say that one amazing postseason should get a player into the hall of fame, but in addition to his stellar regular season performances, Morris knew that when push came to shove, he got it done in the postseason.

Now voters, you should all know that when push comes to shove, Jack Morris should be in the hall of fame. He deserves it.