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Jack Morris on falling short of Cooperstown: "I actually predicted this"

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: January 10, 2013 - 6:59 PM

 

 

St. Paul native Jack Morris wasn't returning calls Wednesday when he again fell short of the Baseball Hall of Fame. But in interviews Thursday with MLB.com and MLB Network Radio, the Game 7 hero of the 1991 World Series for the Twins shared his thoughts. Here are the highlights:

  • Was he surprised? "I wasn't shocked. I actually predicted this. It's just the nature of the beast. It's just a whole bunch of guys [on the ballot]."
  • Did the steroid debate overshadow him and the debate over his credentials? "We all got put aside because nobody knew how to handle the (performance-enhancing drugs) guys. But the bottom line is the writers had a lot to deal with this year and they did the best they could."
  • Now what? "I can argue my case to those who want to listen. I wish I could grab the ball and show the non-believers what I can do, but I can't. That time is gone. All I can do is show gratitude."
  • What about those who cite his high ERA as a reason to keep him out?  “The real question is, is it relevant? I think what I’ve seen from the sabermetric guys is that numbers are a wonderful thing and they can use them any way they want. (ERA) is what writers have determined as the negative.”
  • Can he deal with being left out of the hall? “I have to come to terms with the reality that there could be a chance that I won’t be a Hall of Famer in the writer’s eyes. You know what, I’m OK with that. I understand that."

No. 1 homer TV announcer in MLB? You can put it on the board ...

Posted by: Vince Tuss Updated: September 26, 2012 - 8:16 PM

 

 

If you ever doubted the homer abilities of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson as a TV announcer, go no further than the Wall Street Journal, which ranked the White Sox team as the TV announcing team in major league baseball with the most biased comments.

What exactly constitutes biased comments? That includes the use of the word "we." (Vikings radio announcer Paul Allen, some people are looking at you.) Also, pet names for players, excessive celebrating or moping.

In this review of one game of each baseball team, Harrelson accounted for 104 comments. The next highest total? 23, from the Cleveland TV team of Matt Underwood and Rick Manning. In fact, Harrelson's total is more than all the other American League teams' announcers COMBINED. OK, the White Sox count includes partner Steve Stone, but if the split is anything less than 100-4, color me shocked.

Harrelson, as you might expect, had no qualms. His comments to Journal reporter Jared Diamond: "You just made my day. That's the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball."

Need more evidence? Here is Harrelson's rant against umpire Matt Wegner from earlier in the season:

Small teams made the bulk of the teams following the White Sox. After a handful of teams in the double digits, the Twins TV announcers of Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven ranked in a group with the Orioles, Nationals, Phillies and Padres with nine comments.

The WSJ review cited an example for each team, and the Minnesota example might underwhelm: "I hope there's no suspense. A nice, methodical win would be nice." Yes, Minnesotans used nice twice.

Bremer also offers as defense of homerism: "Former players have tremendous equity in the franchise they played for. From their perspective, I could imagine a strong desire to do well." Apparently, he didn't work in the words "major-league level."

 

 

      

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