In he end I don't care specifically that Jack Morris is in. I just don't care for the process and am frustrated that he's in and a ton of other guys who have just as good if not better cases are not ... guys like Frank Tanana. He didn't get a single vote when he was up for election in 1999.
Well this is entirely on the BBWAA. While some have argued that the writers have lowered the bar for admission to the HOF the one position that they haven't lowered is starting pitcher.Here is how the writers have treated starting pitchers.
2015 - Pedro, Smoltz, Big Unit
2014- Glavine, Maddux (These five averaged 300+wins and 3 Cy Youngs apiece. They are all absolute elite starters and all but Pedro threw over 4000 innings)
2011 - Blyleven - was on the ballot forever and finally got in. By WAR, he's better than some of the pitchers elected in 14 and 15.
1999 - Nolan Ryan - yep, the writers didn't elect a single starting pitcher at all between Ryan and Blyleven, although they put in several relief pitchers. Ryan, of course, is another inner circle HOFer. Jack Morris got on the ballot the next year.
1998 - Don Sutton - 300+ wins, 5000+ innings. That was his fifth year on the ballot
1997 - Phil Neikro - 300+ wins, 5000+ innings, nearly 100 WAR. His fifth year on the ballot and there were lots of articles about "compiling wins" at the time.
1994 - Steve Carlton - another inner circle HOFer
1992 - Tom Seaver - in the conversation for best pitcher ever.
And that's the entire list of starting pitchers selected by the BBWAA over the last 25 years. 11 guys and all but Sutton are inner circle pitchers. That is completely small hall voting. Morris, Saberhagen, Tanana, Guidry, Kaat, John, Radke, Hershiser, Cone, Brown etc were all dropped or ignored. Not all were HOF worthy but there were a lot of guys who deserved more looks.