A Great Competitor

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“When you are ahead in the count, you are winning, when you are behind, the hitters have a huge advantage. It’s just that simple.”
Jack Morris

Jack Morris pitched in the Major Leagues for almost 18 seasons. Morris won 254 games and was a five-time All Star. Morris played on four World Championship teams (1984 Detroit; 1991 Minnesota; 1992 & 93 Toronto).  Morris won 20 games on three occasions and in 1984, he pitched a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox. Jack Morris won the most games of any Major League pitcher in the 1980’s

Jack Morris was “old school.”  He pitched “to the score.” He would beat you 2-1; he would beat you 7-5. He just cared about winning games and he won 254 of them.

Morris took it to another level in the Post-Season. He was 7-1 in his first 9 Post-Season decisions. He won game 7 of the 1991 World Series by pitching 10 scoreless innings in the Minnesota Twins triumph over the Atlanta Braves. Morris was named the Series MVP. Morris had a terrific split-finger pitch and led the American League in strikeouts in 1983.

Jack Morris was such a terrific pitcher and so well respected that he holds the Opening Day record for consecutive starts (14). I watched Jack Morris pitch. I saw what a great competitor he was; “my eyes told me that he belongs in the Hall of Fame.”

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