Schilling was one of the best big game pitchers of his era. He started 7 World Series games, and went 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA in those games. He started Game 7 for my Diamondbacks back in 2001, a game in which the D-Backs won. Schilling has won 3 World Series rings, and a co-World Series MVP.
I think he will get into the Hall of Fame, but he definitely isn't a lock for the Hall of Fame. His win total is not that high, which might be the reason why he doesn't get in. At first glance, his stats do not look amazing, which is why I originally said he wouldn't get in. But after looking at some of these numbers, I changed my mind.
These numbers rank all right-handed starters from 1992, the year Schilling first moved into the starting rotation in Philadelphia, through 2007, the year he possibly threw his final pitch in Boston.
- Schilling had the most complete games with 83. Greg Maddux was the next closest with 76.
- Pedro Martinez was the only righty with a better strikeout ratio than Schilling.
- Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens are the only righties with more strikeouts than Schilling.
- Only Pedro Martinez and Greg Maddux had a better WHIP than Schilling.
- Curt Schilling has the best strikeout-walk ratio in the modern era (lefties included).
- Only Christy Mathewson (yes, I know he didn't pitch in 1992) has a better postseason ERA than Schilling (with a minimum of 100 innings pitched).
Here are some arguments against Schilling:
- He has never won a Cy Young Award
- He never threw a no-hitter
- He wasn't close to winning 250 games
- He has won 11 or less games on 10 occasions.
- In 10 of his 20 seasons, Schilling failed to make 30 starts, and on six ocassions, he failed to make 20 starts.
If Schilling does get into the Hall of Fame, it will be interesting which team he will go in with. My guess would be the Red Sox because of the Bloody Sock incident and the historical comeback, but he could also go in with the Phillies or Diamondbacks, where he also pitched well.
Let the debating begin.