Thus brings up the annual question of whether character matters. If it does, there are a number of Schilling's former teammates who would tell you the right-hander doesn't deserve a ticket to the Hall of Fame.
At some level, character should matter, especially when it comes to how a player dealt with their teammates; after all, baseball is a team sport. How an athlete dealt with fans should also matter and on that count, the reviews on Schilling are again, mixed.
Williams has never forgiven Schilling for the playoff incident and admitted that the two had words about Schilling's lack of respect. Williams has mentioned the fact that in 1993, Schilling won 16 games and he saved 12 of those wins, without blowing a save.
Numbers-wise, Schilling has pretty good standing. In an era where pitchers were throwing less innings and complete games, Schilling stood strong , throwing over 200 innings nine times in his career and leading the league twice. Four times, he led the NL in complete games and once led the majors with 15 complete games in a season. Three times in his career, Schilling was a Cy Young runner-up and also notched a fourth place finish in the balloting. In two seasons, he led the majors in wins and struck out 300 or more batters in back-to-back seasons.
Perhaps the sterling moment for Schilling came in Game Six of the ALCS in 2004 in what is now known as the bloody sock game. Schilling was battling a bad ankle and during the game, the sutures from a surgery on the ankle tore and led to a collection of blood on Schilling's right ankle.
Schilling currently ranks second all-time in strikeouts to walk ratio and was only the fourth pitcher in MLB history to reach 3,000 strikeouts before he allowed 1,000 walks. The other three pitchers to accomplish that are Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Pedro Martinez. Martinez and Maddux aren't yet eligible for the Hall of Fame and Jenkins is already in.
If you're going strictly on numbers, Schilling deserves to be a Hall of Famer, but not on the first ballot. That honor is reserved for the very special players who have graced baseball's fields. Odds are that Schilling will have to wait at least a couple seasons, but eventually, he'll go into the Hall of Fame. At that point, the debates over which team he'll represent will be the big question.