The St. Paul native, speaking at baseball's annual winter meetings, said he has more than 200 text messages to return - "Be patient", he said.
"But I don't regret doing it". "But whether or not it happened, I was going to be the same guy. It's wonderful. I don't know how to describe it any other way". Yet somehow he only received 2.9% of the vote in his lone year on the Hall of Fame ballot.
The Modern Era Committee is one of four Hall of Fame Committees based on era of play (Today's Game -1988-Present, Modern Era - 1970-1987, Golden Days - 1950-1969 and Early Baseball - 1871-1949) that has a rotation of when it can elect players, managers, umpires and executives that are no longer eligibles to be voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Morris was not a lifelong Tiger, but he was on the team from 1977-1990. The wait was arduous. Former Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been voted into Cooperstown, earning their induction through the Veteran's Committee.
"St. Paul's own - Jack Morris - heading to the @baseballhall", Twins President Dave St. Peter (@TwinsPrez) tweeted. "There's a lot of love, a lot of people that were behind both of us", he said. I appreciate and understand how hard it had to be. Long time Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons fell a single vote shy of being inducted. He said that in some ways, being selected by a panel of peers is even more meaningful than it would have been had he been picked by the writers.
"I've bot to believe, in a insane sort of way, that this was the sweetest way to go in", Morris told MLB.com.
Trammell played his entire 20-year career with the Tigers and batted.285 with 185 homers and 1,003 RBIs.
Both are hoping Lou Whitaker will join them in Cooperstown soon.
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"That would be overwhelming", Trammell said last month in an interview with USA Today. "This year, I'm going in with my other buddy, Jack. I'm honored to be a part of it". Those numbers didn't always favor Morris. Morris won 254 games and went 7-4 in the postseason. It's a debate that Morris has remained aware of.
"For me, it's justice", Twins manager Paul Molitor said Sunday. "I finally grew up and learned that there's reasons I maybe didn't deserve to be in". None of it was part of it.
"I've been a wreck ever since", he said.
"I'm going to be honest". He'd been emotional since the beginning of the press conference and this was the moment he cracked the most.
Trammell was en route to Orlando from San Diego and was departing his flight when he received the call.
Morris, 62, was asked to keep the news secret for a few minutes, but he found it impossible. Finally, as he approached the baggage claim area, time was up and he was able to share the excitement.
"And I know that I had a lot of people pulling for me for a lot of years that talked to me and thought I belonged". But I wasn't angry at them.
Vern Law slowed down Morris' delivery and added to his selection of pitches, maximizing the athletic ability that Tuckett says would have qualified Morris to play basketball for BYU (as Vance Law did) or football as a receiver.