Ex-Tigers ace says Palmeiro has 'lost all credibility'

Updated: August 11, 2005, 8:43 AM ET
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Jack Morris was known as a player who gave his all, a pitcher with a rubber arm.

It's no surprise then that the retired pitcher, the most-winning pitcher of the 1980s, has harsh words for those who have chosen to take steroids in order to gain a competitive advantage.

Asked if he would enter the Hall of Fame if a player known to have used steroids was inducted as well, Morris told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he would rather stay out.

"I don't want to be in," Morris said. "That's a bold statement, and a lot of people are going to say, 'Well, how dare him even say that.' I don't care. It's my life. I can say what I feel, and I don't believe in cheating."

As for players who have faced allegations of steroid use, such as Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro?

"They're all cheaters in my opinion," Morris told the newspaper.

Morris, who spent 14 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, also called Rafael Palmeiro a "liar."

"I think he's lost all credibility, and one of the credentials for the Hall of Fame is integrity, credibility and character," Morris told the Press. "You tell me what that says about Rafael. ... I played the game with my heart. I focused on winning. That's all that I cared about. I didn't care whether I got you a good story or not."

Morris, who has been on the Hall of Fame ballot for the past six years, collected three World Series rings. He finished his 18-year career 254-186, with a 3.90 ERA.

New York Yankees: Apparently the lure of the Yankees isn't what it used to be. At least not for Jamie Moyer.

Moyer was claimed on waivers by the Yankees, but declined to go to New York, sources told The New York Post on Tuesday night.

The 42-year-old left-handed pitcher was placed on waivers Friday by the Mariners, but was able to block a move to the Yankees because he owns 10/5 rights, according to the paper. He also reportedly turned down a deal with the Astros at the non-waiver trade deadline.

A 10/5 player is one who has been in the majors for at least 10 years and with one team for at least five consecutive seasons, and thus has earned the right to block trades, etc.

Moyer would have been eligible to pitch Thursday against Texas -- filling in for the ailing Randy Johnson.

The Yankees might have refused to offer a contract extension to Moyer, which could have led to Moyer's turning down the deal, a source told the paper.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals optioned rookie right-hander Anthony Reyes back to Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday just hours after his successful major league debut.

Reyes, the top pitching prospect in the Cardinals' farm system, threw two-hit ball over 6 1/3 innings in St. Louis' 5-2 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

With just one day off this month, the Cardinals brought up Reyes and gave him a spot start so their other five starters would get an extra day of rest.

The Cardinals also recalled outfielder Skip Schumaker from Memphis, where he was batting .296 with a club-leading 118 hits, six home runs and 30 RBIs. Schumaker appeared in three games for the Cardinals in June.

Milwaukee Brewers: Brewers center fielder Brady Clark left Milwaukee's game against St. Louis on Wednesday after bruising his right rib cage trying to break up a double play in the third inning.

Clark slid hard into second baseman Hector Luna and both stayed down for a minute. Luna's right ankle appeared to bend awkwardly on the play. Clark jogged back to the dugout but didn't come out for the fourth inning.

Clark, who leads the NL with 45 multi-hit games and ranks second with 147 hits, was replaced by Chris Magruder.

The team said Clark was day-to-day.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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