Kansas City, Mo. – Voting members of the Modern Baseball Era Hall-of-Fame committee were, essentially, sworn to secrecy on their selections.
But George Brett hinted he was a big supporter of Alan Trammell and Jack Morris.
"Put it this way," Brett, the Royals' Hall-of-Famer, said on the Fox Sports Detroit telecast Sunday. "I was very excited to see Alan Trammell and Jack Morris both get in the Hall of Fame."
Trammell and Morris, two of the heroes of the 1984 World Series-champion Tigers, were elected at the winter meetings in December.
They were chosen by the veterans' committee, after lasting a full 15 years – and falling short every time, and usually well short – of election by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
They will be enshrined in Cooperstown in July.
"It's amazing to me how both of these guys could go underappreciated by the voters," Brett said of the BBWAA.
"Playing against Alan Trammell, I bet I played against him 15 years, the comment I made, yeah, he's not as flashy at shortstop at Ozzie Smith was, but he was a robot there.
"The first baseman could literally play first base blindfolded because his arm was so accurate.
"I was very, very happy to see him go in."
Trammell and Morris will go into the Hall of Fame alongside Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman.
Those three were elected by the baseball writers in voting results announced in January.
It will be odd to see Trammell go in without his longtime double-play partner, Lou Whitaker, who only lasted one year on the writers' ballot, then wasn't included on the 10-person Modern Era ballot. Trammell has long said he hoped to go in alongside Whitaker.
"There's a lot of guys out there that had great careers that, for some reason, get no respect," Brett told Kirk Gibson and Matt Shepard on the FSD broadcast. "It's just mind-boggling to me."
Brett was one of 16 voting members on the Modern Era Baseball committee, which considered 10 men whose biggest impact on the game came between 1979 and 1987. Also on the committee were Hall-of-Famers Rod Carew, Bobby Cox, Dennis Eckersley, John Schuerholz, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield and Robin Yount, among others.