For the fourth consecutive year, Jack Morris' vote totals increased in the latest round of Baseball Hall of Fame balloting. But for another year, it's not nearly enough to give him the momentum to expect to be inducted anytime soon.
The former Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays great received 172 votes in this year's results, raising his percentage from 26 last year to exactly one-third of the votes this time around. But with 75 percent needed for induction, that dream remains a long way off.
| 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
It's not exactly a surprise to Morris, who said going into the balloting that he wasn't expecting a vast increase. When asked about it in December, he said he's taken the philosophy that if it happens, it happens.
"I've come to the realization that if I don't make it, then I don't make it," Morris said recently. "The only thing that changes in my life is that I'd get a lot more money and when I walked by people would say, 'There goes a Hall of Famer.' My life is going to be pretty much the way it is right now."
Nobody on this year's Hall of Fame ballot played on more championship teams than Morris, who won World Series with the Tigers in 1984, the Twins in 1991 and the Blue Jays in 1992 and '93. He earned such a reputation as an unflappable World Series pitcher that it overshadowed his honor as the winningest pitcher of the 1980s.
But Morris is one piece of 1980s history that hasn't become a sentimental favorite. Tuesday's results marked the sixth year Morris has been on the ballot and his highest total to date, both in pure vote totals and percentage of ballots cast.
Morris posted a 254-186 record with a 3.90 ERA during his 18-year big league career. He earned three 20-win seasons and pitched an astounding 293 2/3 innings in 1983.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.