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ICYMI: Jack Morris, Alan Trammell Elected To Hall Of Fame By Modern Era Committee

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So this is a pretty late post, nearly 3.5 weeks exactly; but there’s no way we couldn’t cover it.

Former Detroit Tigers Jack Morris and Alan Trammell are heading to Cooperstown.

December 10 was the first night of the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida; and thanks to the Modern Era Baseball Committee, Morris and Trammell got their rightful call to the Hall, beating out eight other candidates on the ballot.

Surpassing the required 12 votes for induction, Morris received 13, and Trammell received 14 by the committee of 16 people.

Morris, 62, and Trammell, 59, both fell short of induction during their 15 years on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. In 2016, Trammell’s last on the ballot, he received a personal best 40.9% of the required 75% votes, while Morris came much closer peaking at 67.7% in 2003 according to SB Nation.

The pair were teammates for Detroit from 1977-1990.

“Time has made this even more special,’’ said Morris per USA TODAY Sports. “The older you get, the more appreciative what it means. All the time wondering if this day would ever come is erased. It did come, and it’s amazing. I’m not sure I can put into words all of the emotions I’m going through.

“To go in with Alan Trammell is overwhelming for me. I can’t think of a better scenario of going with a former teammate than a guy that I respect and love so much.”

Morris was 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA in his 18-year career with the Tigers, Minnesota Twins (1991), Cleveland Indians (1992-93), and Toronto Blue Jays (1994), winning the World Series MVP in 1991.

Trammell spent his entire 20-year Major League career (1977-96) for the Tigers, hitting .285/.352/.415 with 185 homers, 412 doubles, 1,005 RBIs, and only 24 less strikeouts (850) than walks (874); he was also a four-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner, and the 1984 World Series MVP.

 

 

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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