Let me preface this piece by saying that I don't believe either Jack Morris or David Cone belong in the HoF but Morris has some loyal supporters and continues to receive 40+% while Cone was one and done this year with less than 4%. The problem is that not only was Cone a better pitcher he was a much better pitcher. And really it's not even close. See for yourself.
Now again, I'm not complaining that Cone wasn't elected - I'm just curious as to why he will no longer be on the ballot while an inferior pitcher continues to receive so much support. Cone seemingly has all the things voters love: played for both New York teams, has the rings, and a Cy Young award (with KC in 1994, perhaps had he been a Met or a Yankee when he won it....). So it's just a little strange that only 3.9% of the voters named him on their ballot.
Morris' supporters claim his post-season success should carry almost equal weight with his regular season numbers however they are almost identical to Cones (7-4 3.80 vs 8-3 3.80).
Morris was supposedly the best pitcher of the 80's (although Clemens and Saberhagen would disagree) and that brings up the only compelling reason why Morris will be on the ballot next season and Cone won't; perception. It is isn't right but that's the way it is. If Cone had won six more games to reach 200 then I think he would have had a lot more support (that or retired after the 1999 season when he had a career 3.19 ERA and 128 ERA+, his last three seasons he went for 5.74 & 81) because those six wins would have changed the way voters perceived Cones career.
Cone may have never been elected had he remained on the ballot but he at least should have been in the discussion for a few more years.