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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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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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