Updated: 01/08/2014 2:06 PM KSTP.com By: Nick Tabbert
Former Minnesota Twin Jack Morris did not receive enough votes Wednesday to make the baseball Hall of Fame. He finished with 61.5 percent of the votes, well short of the 75 percent required.
Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine along with White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were voted in today. Houston Astro Craig Biggio was a near-miss, having received 74.8 percent of the votes.
Morris played 18 seasons, including the 1991 championship season with the Twins. He went 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA and 2478 strikeouts, and was a five-time All-Star.
Tom Kelly managed Morris during that 1991 season. He said he "was very disappointed that Jack did not make it" but that Maddux, Glavine and Thomas were very deserving.
"It's a tough wall to crack through," he said of receiving enough votes.
If Morris were to enter the Hall of Fame now, it would have to come through the Veterans Committee, a former voting committee of the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame.
Braves manager Bobby Cox, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and Yankees skipper Joe Torre will join Maddux, Glavine and Thomas in Cooperstown. The ceremony will be held on July 27.