The 2014 MLB Hall of Fame Class was announced. One name that wasn’t elected was Curt Schilling and it wasn’t even particularly close. His second year on the ballot, he received 29.2 percent of the votes and actually went down in those numbers as opposed to last year. The fact that his numbers took a noticeable downward trend won’t help his cause one bit.
Does Schilling deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? If you look at his statistics, that is extremely possible. He has been a 20-game winner twice and has been selected to the All-Star team six times. He also could be considered one of the best postseason pitchers of his era with 11 wins and two losses. He will always be remembered in Boston for the Bloody Sock game. Whether or not you cared for his personality, there is absolutely no denying that Schilling was a pitcher that if you needed to win one game, he would probably be your man.
I want to believe that he does have the credentials to be elected. He has over 200 wins and he was a part of three World Series Championships. He reminds me of Catfish Hunter, who is in the Hall of Fame. Hunter was also a horse and a big money pitcher and was also a member of five World Series champions.
Hunter was absolutely a huge big game pitcher for his time and that certainly helped his cause in getting into the Hall. The same thoughts should apply to Schilling. As well in terms of statistics, his are very similar to Don Drysdale and Dazzy Vance, both of whom are in the Hall. The Boston Red Sox don’t win in 2004 without him. However, the numbers don’t work in his favor at all. His detractors might look at his low win total as opposed to other pitchers in the Hall and statistically wise he is the most similar to pitchers such as Kevin Brown and Bob Welch. Two very good pitchers, but not Hall of Famers.
A bloody sock that he wore in 2004 is in Cooperstown. He should be there, too.