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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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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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