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(12-12-2017 03:58 PM)Brookes Owl Wrote:  
(12-11-2017 04:06 PM)stever20 Wrote:  he was the best AL pitcher of the 80's. bar none.

cuz fWAR? Come on...

What AL pitcher for the entire decade was better?
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Morris is so over rated, he was good not an all time elite pitcher, plus he was accused of sexual harassment and worst of all he went to BYU. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Greg Maddox, and Nolan Ryan were all time elite. Ryan primarily for the K’s and no hitters.


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You're SERIOUSLY holding sexual harassment, and EVEN WORSE; his college against him?! We don't have to take anything you say seriously ever again!
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(12-13-2017 11:41 PM)Erictelevision Wrote:  You're SERIOUSLY holding sexual harassment, and EVEN WORS ME; his college against him?! We don't have to take anything you say seriously ever again!


Hey Moron, that part about the harassment and BYU was a joke. Sheesh, you buy them books and all they do is look at the pictures.


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(12-12-2017 04:04 PM)stever20 Wrote:  
(12-12-2017 03:58 PM)Brookes Owl Wrote:  
(12-11-2017 04:06 PM)stever20 Wrote:  he was the best AL pitcher of the 80's. bar none.

cuz fWAR? Come on...

What AL pitcher for the entire decade was better?

First, we need to address your premise: That the best pitcher, from one league, for some arbitrary 10 year period necessarily belongs in the HoF. I reject that. It is perfectly plausible that NO AL pitcher from a given time period belongs. The reason baseball stats are so important is because they ARE generally comparable across eras, and it is ok to say that a given pitcher doesn't have HOF stats even though he may have been one of the best over some cherry-picked duration. But if you want to make an argument that the 80s AL was particularly hitter-friendly and therefore a higher ERA is ok, I'm ready to listen to your sales pitch.

That said, Morris certainly wasn't dominant. Successful? Absolutely! According to bWAR, here are the top 12 pitchers of the 80s:
Stieb 45.2
Welch 35.1
Valenzuela 34.8
Blyleven 34
Hershiser 32.8
Clemens 32.3
Ryan 30.8
Gooden 30.2
Tudor 29.7
Saberhagen 29.0
Hough 28.7
Morris 27.9

A lot of good pitchers on this list NOT in the HoF. (ETA: and several pitched only a portion of the 80s).

I get that fWAR says differently so let's head back to my first point. Morris's total fWAR is 55.8 (avg of 3.1) but his best 10: only 42.1. How is an average of 4.2, for his very best years, HOF material, unless you can argue that the 1980s AL was some kind of hitters' paradise (which we all know is untrue)?

Why is Morris in when Mussina, Reuschel, Gooden, and Kevin Brown (among others) aren't, with higher fWAR and fewer innings? Saberhagen another interesting example, with virtually same fWAR on 1000 fewer IP than Morris. Try making an argument without saying "cuz 80s".
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first off, I absolutely LOL at you hanging on bWAR when during seasons, you want to use fWAR 100%. that's absolutely rich. I'll remember that next summer when Sale gets off to his normal great start and folks say the Cy Young is locked up again because of bWAR.

The 80's AL had more HOF batters than most every decade. Think about all the 80's.
Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken for Orioles
Wade Boggs and Jim Rice for Red Sox
George Brett for Royals
Kirby Puckett for Twins
Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire 2nd half of decade for A's
Joe Carter for Indians/Blue Jays
Rickey Henderson for A's/Yankees/Blue Jays
Robin Yount, Paul Molitor for Brewers

It was a great decade for AL Batters..... You can't compare Morris with guys like Mussina and Brown because it was a different era.

Also, post season success means something. It's called the Hall of FAME. 10 shutout innings 1991.
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what I think is so funny is folks act like it's the biggest crime ever that Morris got elected. I think someone being half way objective can see why a voter would put him in the hall.

And I would say when you look at the voters- you can kind of see why-George Brett, Rod Carew, Dennis Eckersley, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount as the 6 players...... so 4 of those guys would have faced Morris extensively as batters, and other 2(Eck, Sutton) as pitchers vs them. Also Bobby Cox was in Toronto in that period. Paul Beeston of Toronto as well(not sure of the period).
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I supposed you are making a good argument to SOMEONE, but it sure as **** isn't me.

(12-14-2017 02:43 PM)stever20 Wrote:  first off, I absolutely LOL at you hanging on bWAR when during seasons, you want to use fWAR 100%. that's absolutely rich. I'll remember that next summer when Sale gets off to his normal great start and folks say the Cy Young is locked up again because of bWAR.

Hey Sgt Strawman, I can give you multiple examples of me siting both fWAR AND bWAR from this season's thread. In at least one post I acknowledged the disparity! The reason I cite fWAR more often than bWAR is because, as I'm sure you know, fangraphs is just an easier database to manipulate. It's a pain to get data out of BR sometimes. So you get what you can and acknowledge there's some imprecision around calcs like WAR.

And speaking of argumentive fallacies, you get a two-fer on this one, since you really don't even address the bWAR issue - you just attack my cite. So +2 for what amounts to ad hominem!

Quote:The 80's AL had more HOF batters than most every decade. Think about all the 80's.

This is arm waving. You've got to show that offense was SO much more productive in the 80s that an ERA near 4 is HOF-eligible. Tough to do when there are guys with much better looking numbers in a much more offensive era (90s).

Quote:Also, post season success means something. It's called the Hall of FAME. 10 shutout innings 1991.

OK. Hall of Fame performance, but does that make his career?
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(12-14-2017 04:07 PM)stever20 Wrote:  what I think is so funny is folks act like it's the biggest crime ever that Morris got elected. I think someone being half way objective can see why a voter would put him in the hall.

I'm not one of those guys, but fair point. Maybe being one of the best pitchers of a given era ought to be good enough. I get that some guys still think wins have individual value and think that longevity counts. That career stats might be good enough (I'll bet Sutton is one of those guys - that's how he got in). As I alluded to in another post, maybe there's a point where quality and longevity merge and a player has HOF credentials because, while not dominant, he had good enough quality play for such a long time that you have to let him in. Not sure I'd agree Morris was at that level but I'd listen to the argument.

I completely get WHY Morris got in - I just don't agree. And as I pointed out in an earlier post: He's definitely not the least deserving guy in the Hall.

Can you see the Morris-doesn't-belong argument? Can you be "half way objective" about it?
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Who are the least deserving guys in the HOF?

Mine are Don Sutton, Bill Mazeroski, Phil Niekro, and the aforementioned Jack Morris.


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