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Schilling - A Hall of Famer??

Posted on: March 24, 2009 2:44 pm

 With his retirement yesterday, the debate begins on Curt Schilling’s chances on being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Being a life-long Yankees fan I’m going to try and be as objective as possible.  When you look at Schilling’s resume the regular season does not jump out at you, in my opinion.  On the other hand, Schilling’s post-season numbers are exceptional.  During his career Schilling started at least 15 games 17 times.  He had only 5 seasons with over 15 wins (3 of those were over 20 wins) and in total he won only 216 games.  His regular season winning percentage is just below 60%.  Also, he never won a Cy Young.  During the post-season Schilling’s numbers take off.  In 19 starts, he had a record of 10-2 with a 2.23 ERA.  Many will say Schilling is the best post-season pitcher of his time and thus should gain entrance to the HOF, even though his regular season numbers don’t support it.  I agree that Schilling was a very good post-season pitcher, however, to say he was the best of his time may be stretching it.  David Cone had a 12-3 record during the post-season and was 5-0 in the World Series.  When you think of the 2001 World Series, Schilling won with the Diamondbacks, I think of Randy Johnson playing a bigger role then Schilling.  If David Cone whose regular season numbers are a shade below Schilling’s with 22 less wins, an equivalent ERA, and a perfect game doesn’t get in with his post-season numbers, should Schilling?  I have to say no.

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Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2009 9:58 pm

Schilling - A Hall of Famer??

 Schilling is not a hall of famer.  He is probably the best post season pitcher ever but.......  His regular season stats don't add up to hall of fame quality when several players with more wins than him are not in, yet.  Also he has never been a media favorite and his attitude problem throughout his career with the media will prevent him getting into the hall whether he deserves it or not.  Would I vote for him?  Absolutely.  Will he ever get in?  Doubtful

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2009 8:45 pm

Schilling - A Hall of Famer??

I realize he was close on those occasions and since the Baseball Writers of America (the media, sort of) vote for the Hall of Fame, I'd say Schilling may need to wait a while before he gets in, if he does.



Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2009 3:55 pm

Schilling - A Hall of Famer??

   While Schilling may have never won a Cy Young award, He finished 2nd in the voting three times in four years.  He lost it to his teammate Randy Johnson twice in 2001 and 2002.  In '01, he had one more win than Johnson, but lost because Randy had 372 strikeouts that year.  In '02, their lines were once again very similar.  An extra decision (that led to losses) cost him that year.  In '04 he lost the award to one of the best in the game today, Johan Santana, although having more wins.  He lost the award that year because Santana carried an entire organization, for the most part, by himself, while Schilling was one of many great players on a great team.  So as you can see, there were three times the votes could have easily went his way and then we wouldn't even be having a debate about it.  Also remember, the awards are voted on by media, which I wouldn't say that Schilling has ever been the happiest guy when talking to them.

   As far as going into the HOF...I say yes...if Cone goes with him!

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