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Curt Schilling hall of famer or no?

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lol wow rough crowd, i really like some of the comparisons, bert byleven, jack morris, and gil hodges.

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  • 7 years ago
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    I'm going to compare Schilling with Jack Morris, if you don't mind:

    All Star Games- Schilling (6) beats Morris (5)

    Cy Young Award- neither player won one. But Schilling came in 2nd thrice, 4th once; Morris never finished higher than 3rd. Considering that those awards can be very freaky (someone can have a unanimous MVP Award season; if they somehow repeat it exactly, they can lose the next year because someone else clicked), I'd say that Schilling's two best 2nd-place seasons were better than both of Morris' 3rd-place seasons (Morris came in third behind a closer [Rollie Fingers] and the guy with the highest ERA to ever win a Cy Young [LaMarr Hoyt])

    ERA- Schilling has a better career ERA (3.46) than Morris (3.80) 'while playing in the highest-scoring era in history.' Neither ever led the league, but Schilling came in 2nd twice and was Top 5 four times; Morris was Top 5 twice (both times he was exactly 5th). Schilling was Top 10 nine times, Morris Top 10 five times.

    Wins- Morris has more career wins (254 to 216). Both led the league twice; both have three 20-win seasons.

    W-L%- Schilling has a better career average, and led the league once, compared to Morris' none. Schilling finished Top 5 five times to Morris' three.

    WHIP- Schilling's career WHIP is better; he led twice to Morris' none, and finished Top 5 nine times to Morris' twice.

    IP- Morris has more innings pitched, but Schilling actually led twice to Morris' once.

    SO- Schilling has over 600 more strikeouts than Morris; Schilling led twice to Morris' once, and finished Top 5 eight times to Morris' four times.

    SO/BB- Schilling is "second all-time" and "first among those who've pitched since 1900" in career SO/BB. He finished first five times. Morris finished "Top 10" just three times.

    Finally, Schilling's postseason record is better. Schilling went 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA; Morris was 7-4 with a 3.80 ERA.

    I'm going to have to say Yes.

    Edit: It also doesn't hurt that he received 38.8% his first year. Plenty of players elected by the writers received less than 40% at some point- Bert Blyleven, Jim Rice, Goose Gossage, Bruce Sutter, Gary Carter, Billy Williams, Hoyt Wilhelm, Luis Aparicio, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Eddie Mathews, Bob Lemon and Early Wynn all received less than 40% of the vote at some point since 1968 and ended up being elected anyway. (By the writers, not the Veterans' Committees.)

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Take away his three best seasons -- when he went a combined 66-19 -- and Schilling is just 150-127 for his 17 remaining seasons. If there was a Hall of Fame for self-promoting media whores, Schillng would be a shoo-in.

    But as a player, he's not even close. He never even won a Cy Young despite leading his league in wins twice.

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  • 7 years ago

    Schilling is borderline; Injuries hurt his longevity. He is one of the most dominant pitchers of his era and if Pedro gets in, he should get in as well.

    Some writers may not like him because he was a blabbermouth during his career. He couldn't keep his mouth shut for 5 seconds, as evident with his empty PED accusation last week. It hurt Bert Blyleven's voting numbers because he didn't really get along with writers either.

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  • 7 years ago

    Schilling had 2-3 HOF moments in his career. The bloody sock and some earlier post season appearances with the Red Sox and D'Backs.

    However he also racked up over 100 relief appearances including 22 saves in his early career. If he could have started 100 more games, he could have added to the win total, which at 216, is too low for HOF inclusion.

    Currently he has no chance. Later on as a veteran, he has an outside chance if the Red Sox do some serious lobbying on his behalf.

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  • 7 years ago

    No. If Gil Hodges couldn't get in there is certainly no room for Schilling.

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  • David
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    7 years ago

    I'd vote for him. Great big game pitcher, especially in the playoffs when it counted. And the bloody sock incident gives him a certain cachet that resonates with sportswriters.

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  • Fungo
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    He gave blood for his sock to be in the HOF.

    However, his total body of work will not get his healed foot in the door.

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