Jeff Suppan is heading back to St. Louis

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Well, that didn’t take long.
Jeff Suppan got himself a four-year, $42 million contract from the Brewers based on the solid work he did for the Cardinals from 2004-2006, so after flopping in Milwaukee and getting released earlier this week the 35-year-old veteran is now back in St. Louis.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed Suppan and will likely add him to the major-league roster by early next week. St. Louis was looking for rotation help with both Kyle Lohse and Brad Penny injured, but he allowed 29 runs in 31 innings for the Brewers this season and had a 5.08 ERA during his four-year stint in Milwaukee.
Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan has worked plenty of miracles with washed-up veterans before, but if he can turn Suppan into something resembling a decent starter they should probably just put him right into the Hall of Fame. In the midst of his overall struggles Suppan was 5-2 with a 3.63 ERA versus the Cardinals since signing with the Brewers, so Duncan and company may not realize just how awful he’s been.

Jack Morris and Alan Trammell make the Hall of Fame on the Modern Era ballot

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The Modern Era ballot was revealed last month. The results have been announced on Sunday night. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell will be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer.

Morris, now 62, pitched parts of 18 seasons in the majors, 14 of which were spent with the Tigers. He played on four championship teams: the 1984 Tigers, the 1991 Twins, and the 1992-93 Blue Jays. While his regular season stats weren’t terribly impressive beyond his 254 wins, Morris has always had a decent amount of Hall of Fame support due to his postseason performances. Morris shut the Braves out over 10 innings in Game 7 of the ’91 World Series. That being said, his postseason ERA of 3.80 isn’t far off his regular season ERA of 3.90. If you ask me, Morris doesn’t pass muster for the Hall of Fame. He now has the highest career ERA of any pitcher in the Hall.

Trammel, now 59, had been unjustly kept out of the Hall of Fame despite a terrific career. He hit .285/.352/.415 across parts of 20 seasons from 1977-96, all with the Tigers. He was regarded as a tremendous defender and made a memorable combination up the middle with Lou Whitaker, who also played with the Tigers from 1977-95. According to Baseball Reference, Trammell racked up 70.4 Wins Above Replacement during his career, which is slightly more than Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (70.2) and as much as Hall of Famer Ron Santo (70.4).

Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant, and Marvin Miller were not elected to the Hall of Fame. Miller continuing to be shut out is a travesty. Craig has written at length here about Miller’s exclusion.