“No question in my mind,” Gibson said Monday, when asked whether he considers ‘84 teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell to be Hall of Famers. “Remember when I played behind those guys, and comparing them to all the guys I played against, I think they deserve strong, strong consideration.”
Gibson’s own Hall of Fame chances ended after one year on the ballot, when he received only 13 votes (two fewer than ‘84 teammate Lou Whitaker) in 2001. But Morris and Trammell have remained on the ballot, with Morris receiving 66.7 percent of the vote last year, the most of all the candidates who didn’t make it.
Morris has been on the ballot 13 years, giving him just this year and next year to jump to the 75 percent required for election. Trammell, who has been on the ballot for 11 years, received 36.8 percent of the vote last year.
“If you look at Tram and Barry Larkin [who was elected last year], they’re very close,” Gibson said. “And with Jack, people had to see the way he pitched to win. And when you get in the postseason, he was the best there was.”
The only other pre-1995 champion without a player in the Hall of Fame is the 1981 Dodgers, who no longer have any candidates on the ballot. Steve Garvey came closest from that team, and he was never named on even 50 percent of the ballots.
Posted: December 04, 2012 at 05:24 AM | 81 comment(s)
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