January 6th, 2010

Tram, Morris fall short on Hall ballot

Not that it’s going to be a shock, but the Hall of Fame debate over Alan Trammell and Jack Morris will go on for at least another year. While members of the BBWAA elected Andre Dawson to the Hall, Trammell and Morris again fell short.

Morris continued his progress in balloting with a noticeable jump in votes. He garnered 282 votes, or 52.3 percent of the electorate. Trammell’s support remained in its usual range with 121 votes, good for 22.4 percent. A candidate needs to be selected on 75 percent of all ballots to be inducted.

Thus, the 1984 World Champion Tigers remain without a player in the Hall of Fame. Their only member in Cooperstown remains their manager, Sparky Anderson.

Gammons on Trammell: Have to had seen him

MLB.com’s newest analyst/columnist, Peter Gammons, gave his Hall of Fame ballot and his reasoning for his votes. That isn’t new, and certainly his inclusion of Tigers great Alan Trammell isn’t. Still, I think his explanation for picking Trammell was as well-put as anybody:

Darrell Evans used to say that every throw Trammell made was perfect to
catch, and amidst the four Gold Gloves, Trammell was the ultimate in
consistency in the field. His numbers put him in the top 15-20
shortstops who ever played, he should have been the MVP in 1987, he was
the dominant player of the 1984 postseason, and this year Joe Sheehan
changed his mind and voted for Trammell. There are times when you have
to have seen a player, and Trammell was one of them.

Of the 13 MLB.com writers eligible to vote for Hall of Fame, four of them voted for Trammell. Five voted for Jack Morris. You can read their individual reasoning here.

Leyland, Sizemore slated for Mud Hens Fandemonium

The Tigers haven’t announced the final list of players for their upcoming winter caravan and TigerFest, but one lead-up event already has its slate set. The Mud Hens will hold their annual Fandemonium event, this time in conjunction with hockey’s Toledo Walleye, on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the new Lucas County Arena in downtown Toledo.

Once again, Tigers manager and Perrysburg, Ohio native Jim Leyland is on the roster of guests. His third-base coach, Gene Lamont, is also on the list. All of the listed players were key contributors at some point in Toledo during the season and have a chance to make the big club in Detroit: second baseman Scott Sizemore, Eddie Bonine, Jeff Larish and Don Kelly. Mud Hens pitching coach A.J. Sager is also scheduled to take part.

This year’s event is again a buffet dinner format that will include a baseball or hockey celebrity at each table, a speech from Leyland, a Q&A session and a live auction. Dinner tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for kids age 12 and under. For those who want to skip the dinner, there’s an $8 general admission ticket that includes Leyland’s speech, the Q&A session, live auction and Walleye player autographs.

Tickets are available at mudhens.com or by calling 419-725-HENS.

Postscript on Capps

The Nationals’ deal with former Pirates closer Matt Capps became official this morning, reportedly a one-year contract worth $3.5 million with another $425,000 available in performance bonuses.

Dave Dombrowski said Monday they weren’t actively talking with Capps. It’s interesting given the terms for which Capps eventually signed, but the other numbers you have to remember are the stats Capps put up last year (career-high 27 saves, but a 5.80 ERA, 73 hits in 54 1/3 innings).