Mention Jack Morris' name to Bert Blyleven, and within one second, out come the stats: "From 1979 to 1992, I think he was the best pitcher in baseball for that 14-year span," Blyleven said Wednesday night, Jan. 9, the day Hall of Fame voters denied Morris' election for a 14th time.
"Two-hundred thirty-three wins during that time. I thought for sure Jack was going to go in this time; I was really pulling for him. I think if the writers looked at his numbers a little deeper, which I did, he was a workhorse."
Blyleven, another workhorse who is the Twins' TV analyst, pitched during Morris' era. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011, also on his 14th try.
"That's why I thought maybe 14 would be lucky for Jack, too," Blyleven said.
Steroid-tainted candidates Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens -- despite brilliant statistics -- were overlooked on their first year of eligibility. That didn't bother Blyleven.
"I kind of like what the writers did with them," he said. "They made a statement. Will that same statement be there next year? I hope so. Even though Bonds and Clemens and Sosa have great numbers, there's integrity and character that came into play."
Jack Morris deserves spot in Hall of Fame, Bert Blyleven says
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Jan 10