Is Curt Schilling a Hall of Famer?

Is Curt Schilling a Hall of Famer?

There is some thought that nobody will be elected to the Hall of Fame this year. That's a little rough considering that new names like Craig Biggio are on the ballot along with old favorites like Alan Trammell and Jack Morris. And oh, there's former Phillies pitcher Curt Schilling, too.

Curt Schilling can be somewhat of a polarizing character. There are a lot of people - especially in Philadelphia and Boston - who adore Schilling and believe he not only has the numbers, but the character to be a Hall of Famer. Then, there are others - especially in Philadelphia - who remember his comments on exiting the city or have an image of Schilling hiding his face with Mitch Williams on the mound in the 1993 Playoffs.

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.

Curt Schilling's career stats

Year Team W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H R ER HR BB SO SO/BB
1988 Baltimore 0 3 9.82 4 4 0 0 14.2 22 19 16 3 10 4 0.40
1989 Baltimore 0 1 6.23 5 1 0 0 8.2 10 6 6 2 3 6 2.00
1990 Baltimore 1 2 2.54 35 0 0 3 46.0 38 13 13 1 19 32 1.68
1991 Houston 3 5 3.81 56 0 0 8 75.2 79 35 32 2 39 71 1.82
1992 Philadelphia 14 11 2.35 42 26 10 2 226.1 165 67 59 11 59 147 2.49
1993 Philadelphia 16 7 4.02 34 34 7 0 235.1 234 114 105 23 57 186 3.26
1994 Philadelphia 2 8 4.48 13 13 1 0 82.1 87 42 41 10 28 58 2.07
1995 Philadelphia 7 5 3.57 17 17 1 0 116.0 96 52 46 12 26 114 4.38
1996 Philadelphia 9 10 3.19 26 26 8 0 183.1 149 69 65 16 50 182 3.64
1997 Philadelphia 17 11 2.97 35 35 7 0 254.1 208 96 84 25 58 319 5.50
1998 Philadelphia 15 14 3.25 35 35 15 0 268.2 236 101 97 23 61 300 4.92
1999 Philadelphia 15 6 3.54 24 24 8 0 180.1 159 74 71 25 44 152 3.45
2000 Philadelphia 6 6 3.91 16 16 4 0 112.2 110 49 49 17 32 96 3.00
2000 Arizona 5 6 3.69 13 13 4 0 97.2 94 41 40 10 13 72 5.54
2000 season totals 11 12 3.81 29 29 8 0 210.1 204 90 89 27 45 168 3.73
2001 Arizona 22 6 2.98 35 35 6 0 256.2 237 86 85 37 39 293 7.51
2002 Arizona 23 7 3.23 36 35 5 0 259.1 218 95 93 29 33 316 9.58
2003 Arizona 8 9 2.95 24 24 3 0 168.0 144 58 55 17 32 194 6.06
2004 Boston 21 6 3.26 32 32 3 0 226.2 206 84 82 23 35 203 5.80
2005 Boston 8 8 5.69 32 11 0 9 93.1 121 59 59 12 22 87 3.95
2006 Boston 15 7 3.97 31 31 0 0 204.0 220 90 90 28 28 183 6.54
2007 Boston 9 8 3.87 24 24 1 0 151.0 165 68 65 21 23 101 4.39
20 Years 216 146 3.46 569 436 83 22 3261.0 2998 1318 1253 347 711 3116 4.38
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/9/2013.


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