Jack Morris is not a "Hall of Fame" pitcher, and should not be inducted now, or probably ever. That is not to say that he wasn’t pretty good, total package, but just not good enough to be considered great. Many seem to remember what they saw on tv, as it was televised all over when the playoffs arrived. And they will tend to remember the good more so than the bad, human nature, when it comes to baseball at least, and Hall of Fame discussions in particular.
During the regular season, statistically, Jack Morris wasn’t all that much better than average. He had a very good win percentage, and may have withheld that "winning mentality," or the tag of being a "Big Game pitcher." But his "Adjusted ERA" was 105, where 100 is average. Meaning that he was barely above average over the course of his career. And I would rather compare Morris to his average peers than to compare him using simply "ERA" or even worse compare him by using simply "Wins." Morris’ ERA+ falls in tied for 460th all time. Great pitchers would not be THIS low in THIS category. Who else falls at a 105 ERA+? Jaime Moyer, Paul Byrd, Mike Witt, and Ramon Martinez, to name a few. And I understand that none of these pitchers have the postseason reputation or performance that Jack Morris has had, but I do believe that what Morris did in the postseason was just not enough to get him into baseball’s sacred "Hall of Fame."
Let me start by saying that Morris’ postseason ERA was 3.80. His ERA during the regular season was 3.90. So he was statistically just a little bit better in the playoffs, but when one adds in the fact that he was facing better competition, the postseason looks even better then it first appears, and it rightfully so. But people want to remember the dominant Game 7 performance against the Braves in 91′ but choose to ignore the game 5 debacle in 92.’ Or they go back and look at the the eight starts he made in the postseason allowing three or fewer runs, but they might have overlooked the five times that he allowed four or more earned. Selective memory is why Jack Morris is a "Hall of Famer" in a lot of people’s minds. The Game 7 was ten innings of bliss for Twins fans, and the whole series in particular was more of the same. Morris did not disappoint and was simply great in that seven game affair, one of the greatest World Series’ of all time. But that is not enough.
Curt Schilling is the type of pitcher who deserves to get in to Cooperstown, but he isn’t as clear-cut as say Pedro Martinez, or Randy Johnson. Schilling has an ERA+ of 127, far superior to Morris.’ And his postseason resume is even more impressive as well. Schilling is 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA. Morris was 6-1 with that 3.80 ERA that I mentioned. And I know that Schilling is pitching in the era where he has had the chance to face "lowly" ALDS teams, but his ERA is still better in both LCS play and in World Series play. By "lowly" I really meant that there is a chance that he was facing a few more inferior teams than that of Morris. Seems logical, but would need to be researced more thoroughly to come to an accurate conclusion.
Browsing through the Hall of Fame pitchers I found that the lowest ERA+ among inductees was at 103, and that was the only one that fell below Morris’ 105. It was Rube Marquard who finished his career in 1925. No pitcher that has played in the last 82 years has fallen below or even tied what Morris displays in this category. Morris tallied 2,478 strikeouts in his eighteen career, which is impressive and he falls in at 31st all time in that category. But he comes in 251st in SO/9IP. If one plays long enough, they can put up some pretty impressive numbers (See Nolan Ryan, great, but not the greatest as some seem to think).
Morris was somewhere between pretty good and good when one accounts for postseason performance. But he was not great. Great pitchers are what the Hall in Cooperstown is designed for. The Bob Gibson’s, the Pedro’s, the Randy Johnson’s, the Greg Maddux’s, etc. These are the players that should be represented in Cooperstown. And a plaque for Morris’ ten inning’s of excellence in that memorable game 7 could be there too, so it will never be forgotten. But Jack Morris himself should not be inducted into the Hall, he just was not good enough.