Ex-Jay Morris misses Hall in '05
Right-hander was winningest hurler of the 1980s
Case dismissed. At least, for one more season.
Jack Morris was unable to win entrance to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday, landing on less than half of the required ballots to earn induction to Cooperstown.
The onetime-Blue Jay was named on 172 of the 516 ballots, earning just 33.3 percent of the total vote. Still, that was his highest total to date, beating his next-highest (26.28) by a significant margin.
| 2005 Hall of Fame
The complete vote (516 ballots, 387 to gain election, 26 to remain on ballot):
Wade, Ryno are Hall choices
No doubts about Class of 2005
Boggs hits his way to the Hall
Ryno charges into Hall of Fame
Red Sox lavish praise on Boggs
Rays react to Boggs Hall call
From Beantown to Bronx to Hall
Sutter closing in on Hall of Fame
Boggs is fans' favorite to make Hall
All candidates needed 75 percent of the vote -- or appearing on 387 ballots -- to be enshrined. Two players made it over the barrier: Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg, who will be inducted into the Hall next summer.
Morris finished with the ninth-most votes, falling between Lee Smith (200) and Tommy John (123). The right-handed Morris was a five-time All-Star and a four-time World Series champion, winning with Detroit, Minnesota and twice with Toronto.
He was already an established winner when he became a Jay. Morris won more games (162) than anybody else during the '80s, earning 15 victories or more eight times during the decade.
His first losing record as a starter came when he was 34 years old -- before that, he reeled off 10 straight winning campaigns. And that was before the late-career renaissance: Morris went 18-12 for Minnesota in 1991 and was named the World Series MVP that October.
The next year, Morris joined the Jays and went 21-6, finishing first in wins and fifth in the AL's Cy Young Award balloting. He didn't pitch well in the postseason, but he was an integral part of Toronto's first championship just the same. The next season, Morris slumped to 7-12 and didn't pitch during the team's playoff run.
He'll still have several more cracks at the game's highest honor -- but the chance only comes once a year, and 2005 wasn't magic for Morris.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.