Curt Schilling is, without a doubt, a man of many mysteries. From a career as one of MLB’s best pitchers, to an ESPN commentator, to currently owning a failed gaming company and on the verge of personal bankruptcy.
Now, when things can’t possibly seem to get any worse, Schilling was passed over for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Could it simply be because he played during the “Steroid Era.” Wow, how lucky can a guy get?
Though Schilling has not found much success outside of baseball, it was a whole different ball game when he stepped onto the mound. During 20 years in the league, Schilling had a phenomenal .597 W-L, (216-146), percentage and a surprisingly low 3.46 ERA.
Schilling is a six time All Star, three time World Series Champion, World Series MVP and an NLCS MVP. When it came postseason time, Schilling was a master. Pitching in 12 series throughout his career, he racked up a .846 W-L, (11-2), percentage, and had a 2.23 ERA. Schilling is most notably known for his 2004 postseason appearance when he pitched in his infamous “bloody sock,” during the 2004 ALCS Championship game against the New York Yankees. That night, Schilling pitched seven innings throwing four strikeouts with a 4.86 ERA.
Though Schilling has had a “Hall of Fame” career that has seen him bounce back from injuries, not many suspect that he ever took steroids. Whether his teammates did, Schilling states, “Oh, absolutely. Sure, sure. We all thought to some degree, some people did and didn’t here and there. But again, it wasn’t something you’d walk up to someone and talk about or ask them. So you had your ideas. I mean, when guys showed up with 25 extra pounds on them after three months and you’d seen them kind of during the winter time, you had an idea.”
It was definitely a generation that will be forever linked to steroids and unfortunately, one that Schilling was apart of. Many sports writers looking at the possible Hall of Fame candidates on the ballot this year have referred to it as the “steroid ballot.” Along with players like Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mike Piazza, it seems Curt Schilling was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Schilling may not make it to Cooperstown this year, but next year could prove different. I personally believe that Curt is a first ballot Hall of Famer, taking into account his entire career numbers and post season victories.
Who could forget Curt Schilling and the Arizona Diamondbacks of the early 2000’s . They were virtually unstoppable, with a pitching rotation being led by Schilling and 6’10’’ace Randy Johnson. Arizona found themselves winning it all in 2001, defeating the “Evil Empire,” New York Yankees, 4 games to 3 in the World Series.
Though Curt Schilling had his best years with Arizona, Randy Johnson will always be the name that is associated with their success. So once again, Curt Schilling seems to be left out of his rightful position in history.
Finishing his career with three Championships and being ranked number 96 among pitchers in MLB history, Curt Schilling strongly makes his case for why he deserves to not only be in the Hall of Fame, but to be in on the first ballot.