It was wonderful the summer of 2018 as Alan Trammell and Jack Morris were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
However, it only went halfway in correcting the falling through the cracks of former local baseball stars.
If anything, Lou Whitaker was a better player than both Tram and Jack. He not only had a career WAR higher than his two fellow ’84 Tigers’ teammates, but also of Reggie Jackson and Derek Jeter, the latter possibly a unanimous choice by the Baseball Writers Association of America in early 2020, his first year of eligibility.
It’s a travesty Whitaker isn’t in the Hall of Fame. He’s the 78th-best player all-time, according to the baseball-reference.com version of WAR.
Whitaker is up for consideration next month when the Modern Era committee (16 former players, executives and media members) convenes at the Winter Meetings. It’s the same committee that voted in Trammell and Morris after they didn’t garner the necessary votes through BBWAA balloting.
But Whitaker isn’t the only local wrong the Modern Era Committee must right.
Ted Simmons, the former Southfield High School standout, has also been wrongly overlooked. Simmons,…