Curt Schilling will not be entering the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this summer in Cooperstown, New York. He will not be joining Derek Jeter or Larry Walker on that stage in July.
With this being Schilling’s 8th year of 10 on the ballot. He received 70% of the vote. 75% is the threshold needed to be inducted.
Now Curt Schilling is not a slam-dunk, obvious hall of famer. He is not in the class of legends that are known by one name; Ted, Willie, Sandy. However, he is more than deserving of induction based off oh his resume.
Using Baseball Reference’s version of WAR, Curt Schilling fits in as the 26th pitcher ranked all time with 80.5. For context, the next pitcher above Schilling is Bob Gibson with 81.6. The only pitcher above Schilling who is also not honored in Cooperstown is Roger Clemens (138.7). Schilling is ranked higher than HOFer’s Tom Glavine (73.9), Jim Palmer (67.5), John Smoltz (66.4), and Roy Halladay (65.4).
Curt Schilling is also only one of 18 pitchers with 3,000 career strikeouts. Moreover, only Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez and Schilling have more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks. Pedro and Schilling actually allowed less than 800 free passes.
His ERA is 3.46, which would be on the higher end of the HOF spectrum. However, he would not own the largest at the museum, as Jack Morris holds that distinction at 3.90. It should be noted that Schilling pitched in one of the most offensively dominant eras in baseball history, known as the “Steroid Era”.
Now his regular season numbers are Hall of Fame worthy. However, Schilling’s play in October puts him into a different category. His career record in the postseason is 11-2 with a 2.23 era. In 19 games, he racked up 133.1 innings, 120 strikeouts, and only walked 25 men, none of which were of the intentional variety.
He was the Co-World Series MVP, along with Randy Johnson, in 2001. He also won MVP of the 1993 NLCS. Not to mention, his immortal “Bloody Sock Game” in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees became an iconic sports moment. He would retire with three World Series Rings.
Curt Schilling was one of the best pitchers in the game during his era. The six time All-Star has accomplished more than enough to get into the Hall of Fame. However, it is not just his ERA and amount of Wins that are blocking his entrance. Many MLB writers are using another reason to keep Schilling out of the Cooperstown.
Curt Schilling is a very opinionated person. A 2 minute look at his Twitter will confirm that. He has said and shared controversial material. His post-career has rubbed many people the wrong way, including the baseball writers. Read Part 2, where I dive into Curt Schilling in retirement and see if his character should keep him out of Cooperstown.
Story by Chad Jones
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