He’s eligible and some writers are voting for him. Curt Schilling, opinionated, lately in hot fiscal water and Boston sports legend of bloody sox fame, can be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Is Schilling worthy of the Hall?
Curt Schilling was one heck of a pitcher in both the regular and post seasons. He notched 3,116 strikeouts, putting him 15th all-time and he averaged a mere 2.0 walks per nine innings. The guy was second in Cy Young voting three times. Although he ended with just 216 victories, he did that while playing on some pretty bad teams in his early years, which were spent with the Phillies. In his time, he was one of the most dominant starters around.
One of the things that irks me about sports fans is how they forget. Often they forget what guys have done for the team and how they’ve risen to the moment to help ensure a much needed win. Okay, so to review—Curt Schilling came to Boston and in his four seasons with the Red Sox, he helped lead them to two World Series championships. That’s TWO! The first was in 2004 when he went 21-6. Remember what Schilling did in the postseason? He went through a terrible procedure on his foot to help ensure that he could face the Yankees. That was the famous red bloody sock game. The Red Sox had not won a World Series since 1918. In 2006, after notching a 15-7 mark, he helped the Red Sox win another ring.
Overall in the postseason, Schilling had 19 starts, getting 11 wins and losing just twice. His playoff ERA stands at 2.23.
One thing about Schilling is he was outspoken. He still is. He had a few choice comments to the media regarding former Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and they were not in any way positive. When he played for the Red Sox, he blogged and discussed openly his opinions on politics, the media and baseball. He told radio talk hosts when he thought they were being stupid, made speeches for conservative political candidates and defended his teammates. He made life interesting to say the least. Oh, and by the way, he never “shut it down.” Even when injured, he tried to battle through it. Oh, and don’t forget all of the great charity work he and his wife did. He gave a lot back.
Curt for the Hall of Fame
I think that Schilling should be in the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. He delivered in the toughest of times, competed at the highest level and was a feared starter. He came to Boston to help them win a World Series and what did Boston get—two World Series championships. I hope he gets in on the first vote.