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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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Mariners to Sign Cory Gearrin

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year, Major League contract with right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin, according to the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish.

The Mariners will now have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster, thanks to the addition of Gearrin and Tim Beckham.

Gearrin, 32, was well traveled last season, spending time with the Texas Rangers, San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics, posting a combined 3.77 on the season.

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Mariners to Sign Tim Beckham

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The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with infielder Tim Beckham, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles earlier this winter, posted a slash line of .230/.287/.374 during the 2018 season.

It’s likely that Beckham will become a key utility contributor for Seattle moving forward.

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Rangers Sign Shelby Miller

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a one-year, major league deal with right hander Shelby Miller, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Miller, who has already passed his physical, missed most of the 2018 season due to numerous elbow issues, and underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2017, so there is risk involved with his signing.

Prior to the injuries, Miller was considered one of the major’s most promising young pitchers.

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