Originally Posted by 757690
I believe it was this article you're referring to.
This provides a conundrum for me. My qualification for the HOF is simple. Was this player one of the best at his position for at least a ten year period and productive for at least fifteen years? Morris clearly fits that qualification. But it's more because there were not many above average starters during the years he played. Still haven't made up my mind on him.
In what 10 year time frame was Morris one of the best at his position? And he didn't have 15 years where he was even average.
In his entire career, Jack Morris finished in the Top 10 in baseball in ERA+ (ERA, adjusted for the parks you play in) one time. 1979. At no other point did his ERA+ crack MLB's Top 10. He was not one of the best at his position for any 10 year period of time.
Morris had 9 seasons with an ERA+ that was above average. He had 4 seasons where it was average. He had 5 seasons where it was considerably below average to poor.
Not even close to being HOF worthy.