There are 16 members on the Modern Era Committee and their job is to vote for or pass on deserving players from 1970-1987 who the BBWAA originally passed on during their Hall of Fame voting process.
Candidates needed 12 of the 16 members to vote for them; otherwise 75 percent of them.
Morris received 14 votes and Trammell received 13 votes. Simmons just missed out as he got 11 votes.
Morris spent 18 years in MLB with four teams; 14 of which were with the Detroit Tigers. He was a five-time All-Star who was a career 254-186 pitcher who possessed a 3.90 ERA, 3.94 FIP, 1.296 WHIP, 0.9 HR/9, 3.3 BB/9, 5.8 SO/9 in 549 games (527 starts) and 3,824 innings.
Trammell was a six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner who played his entire 20-year career with the Tigers. He hit .285/.352/.415/.767 with 1,231 runs scored, 185 home runs, 1,003 RBI, and 236 stolen bases.
Both players won the World Series with the Tigers in 1984. Morris would go on to win the 1991 World Series with the Minnesota Twins and 1992 World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Trammell took home the 1984 World Series MVP honors while Morris did the same in 1991.
There are three other committees that represent different eras in baseball. They are The Today’s Game Committee (judging those from 1988-present), the Golden Days Committee (judging those from 1950-1969), and the Early Baseball Committee (judging those from before 1950).
All four committees have replaced the Veteran’s Committee which was around until 2016.