Lou Whitaker: Jack Morris “Was No Better” Than Me

It's that time of year, gang, time to complain about Jack Morris and his Hall of Fame credentials…or lack thereof.

The latest to pile on?  Lou Whitaker.

Recently, the former All-Star second baseman was asked about Morris and his response, well, suffice it to say…the 254-game winner won't be inviting his old Detroit Tigers teammate over to dinner anytime soon.

"Jack Morris was no better than Alan Trammell-Lou Whitaker,” Whitaker said during the interview.  “If we didn’t make the plays, and we didn’t come up with the big hits, Jack Morris wouldn’t be where he was, or where he is.”

Yikes.  But, to be clear, Whitaker wasn't suggesting Morris wasn't Hall-worthy, he just, well…read.

“Jack was good, Jack was a stud in his own way. Jack Morris probably deserves to be in the Hall of Fame,” Whitaker continued.  “If Jack deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, Alan Trammell deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."

Eureka!

Whitaker thinks both Morris and Trammell deserve to be enshrined in Cooperstown.  And, in case you missed that first bit of wisdom, dude thinks one of those two would be ranked third. 

Meaning…Whitaker believes he's a Hall of Famer as well.

Now, about "Sweet Lou" and the Hall of Fame.  Whitaker, who retired following the 1995, received just 2.9% of the vote in 2001, his first and only year of eligibility.  By comparison, Trammell is on his 13th try this voting cycle and Morris is facing his 15th and final year on the ballot.

Should Morris fail to be elected on Wednesday, and all odds are that he will, his next crack at the Hall of Fame will be in 2016 when he, along with Whitaker and Trammell will, most certainly, make up a portion of the Expansion Era Committee's ballot.

See you then.

Shawn Anderson

About Shawn Anderson

Shawn Anderson is that guy who, instead of sitting there talking about the game going on around him, is talking wise about the history of baseball. He believes baseball figures such as Tommy John, Harold Baines, Ron Guidry and Billy Martin deserve their own plaque somewhere if not in Cooperstown. You can follow him on Twitter at @HOVG.

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