The reason I used the Puckett comparison is to show that statistics aren't the only reason a player gets elected to the Hall. I do not believe that Puckett's statistics alone got him in the Hall. To me, there has to be more to it than that. That is why I believe that Morris deserved to be in the Hall as well because there are other factors besides his statistics that make him a Hall of Famer in my book.
Let's be honest here. Puckett was a first ballot sympathy vote. An extremely talented player that everybody loved, a guy who had one of the most memorable WS moments in history, a guy whose career was cut short at age 36 when he was still a very productive player.
At his peak, Puckett was an incredible player. Do his counting stats warrant a HoF vote? No, they probably don't... But voters took into consideration that his career was cut short by as many as three productive seasons and voted for him anyway. There's your difference. Jack Morris had a full, productive career. Puckett had three-quarters of a career before retiring due to glaucoma.
If you look at pitchers from the early 1900s and you see that they won an astronomical number of games--records that will likely never be broken--with an astounding number of starts and innings and then tried to compare all other pitchers from different eras to that era, nobody would come close to their production. No pitchers would be allowed in because if we judged everyone by the standard set then, everyone would fall short. Players are different now. The game is different now. Should we leave people out from different eras who were the best players of their respective eras even though it statistical doesn't compare well to other eras? I believe the answer to that is no and I'm sorry, but no statistical or Sabermetrical analysis will change that opinion for me.
But was Morris the best player of his generation? He was the most durable, sure. But the best? It's hard to make that argument. At any given moment in Morris' career, there was somebody else in the limelight, whether it was Hershiser, Saberhagen, Clemens, or Gooden.