Originally Posted by MikeThierry
He did have the most wins of the 80's and I think he suffered a bit from adjusting to the DH. I'm not an advocate of him being in the HOF but I think some of those things have to be taken into account when talking about Morris.
As Joe Posnanski has pointed out, the players from the 80's are vastly under represented in the HOF.
His ERA+ in the 1980's was 109 (since 2004, Bronson Arroyo is at 106). It never hit 130 in the 80's and only one time in his entire career. Sam LeCure has a higher ERA+ season than Jack Morris does.
Simply put.... he was solid. He was good at times. But no single season in his entire career was he ever great. Not once. And for 7 different seasons his ERA+ was below league average and 5 times it was well below average. He had some really lucky seasons in there. Take 1992 for example. He went 21-6 with an ERA+ of 101. That is about as league average as you can get. He got 21 wins. He threw a lot of innings, which of course needs to be looked at along with his ERA because those innings of course matter. Still, I have a tough time looking at him and thinking that at any point in his career was he among the best pitchers in the game and for a while there, he was considerably "average at best".