Friday, February 23, 2018
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Pitcher Morris among Ted Williams Museum honorees

ST. PETERSBURG — Jack Morris strolled the aisles of the Ted Williams Museum on Saturday knowing he was in enemy territory.

But on a night when the Hitters Hall of Fame inducted another impressive class — the Alomar family, Darrell Evans, Tampa's Lou Piniella, Ryne Sandberg — the right-handed hurler got some attention, too.

Morris was added to the museum's Pitching Wall of Great Achievement, flattered by the award and who gave it.

"Especially when you know what Ted thought of pitchers," Morris said.

Morris, 57, is seeking a grander honor, hoping after falling short again this year that he will be elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the writers ballot.

"It's been quite an ordeal," Morris said. "When you've got guys that are in the Hall, a lot of guys, saying we're waiting for you, we're trying to get you in, that's encouraging. …

"No matter what happens, I'm going to be fine."

Sandberg said there should be no doubt. "He's a Hall of Famer in my book," he said. "His postseasons are outstanding, he was on winning teams, he was a big-time pitcher, the big-game pitcher of that era. For me, he's a Hall of Famer."

Roberto and Sandy Sr. Alomar, Evans, Piniella and Sandberg (introduced passionately by Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer) all attended the induction, which was part of the Dinner with David Price and Friends event, benefitting his Project 14 Foundation and the museum. The event drew a crowd of more than 800 to Tropicana Field.

Around the majors

WBC: Outfielder Melky Cabrera, who was on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, withdrew his name from the tournament. Blue Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers also removed himself from consideration for the Dominican team.

OBITUARY: Former catcher Earl Williams, the 1971 National League rookie of the year, died Monday from acute myeloid leukemia at his home in Somerset, N.J. He was 64.

ORIOLES: Former Rays left-hander Mark Hendrickson is expected to get a minor-league deal this week. Hendrickson, 38, did not pitch professionally last season. Also, a one-year, $1.5 million contract with right-hander Jair Jurrjens is expected to be finalized.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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