A Schilling For Your Thoughts?!
With the recent retirement of Curt Schilling, there inevitably comes the question of whether or not he is Hall of Fame worthy. To me, Schilling is one of those guys knocking on the door, but not quite good enough to get in. I was watching Baseball Tonight the other day and they listed some pitchers (Bert Blyleven, for example) that have good stats but aren’t in the Hall. However, the name that most intrigued me was Jack Morris, whom I feel had a career very similar to Schilling. Both won three World Championships, both were great pitchers, but neither really dominated their respective eras or put up really gaudy numbers. The stat lines for both guys read as follows:
Schilling: 216-146, 83 CG, 20 SO, 3,116 K, three times second in Cy Young voting
Morris: 254-186, 175 CG, 28 SO, 2,478 K, twice was third in Cy Young voting
Though I will always have fond memories of Morris (Game Seven, 1991) and was enraptured by Schilling’s incredible pitching performances in 2001 (World Series Co-MVP with Randy Johnson) and 2004 (bloody sock), I don’t think either of those two are Hall worthy. Actually, I think that Morris probably has a better case, though Schilling may get many votes right off the bat for playing out East.
So, like I said, I truly believe that Curt Schilling was a great pitcher (at times unhittable), but I don’t think he had the sort of career that gets one into Cooperstown. His Co-MVP trophy and bloody sock should have their own display, though!