Ace of three World Series winners, Morris finished with 254 victories and was the winningest pitcher of the 1980s. His 3.90 ERA, however, is higher than that of any Hall of Famer. Morris will be joined on next year’s ballot by Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, both 300-game winners.
If no one is elected this year, there could be a logjam in 2014. Voters may select up to 10 players.
The only certainty is the Hall is pleased with the writers’ process.
‘‘While the BBWAA does the actual voting, it only does so at the request of the Hall of Fame,’’ said the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, the organization’s past president. ‘‘If the Hall of Fame is troubled, certainly the Hall could make alternate arrangements.’’