Break out the Kalahari Kingdom lion shovel out…Schilling is shaking out his Judson Pratt-styled pants!
If you had the ability to have a do-over, what would you have done? How would you have reacted?
“I think I would have reacted to the first time [former pitcher and leading Players’ Association member] Rick Helling stood up in a players’ union meeting and said, ‘What are we going to do about testing?’ And I think there were a lot of players who wanted to react. But I think it was one of those things, like everything else that comes from being in a game mentality, you’re afraid to go against the stream. And I think that’s one of the last times in my life that I didn’t.”
If you did not spend nine seasons with the Phillies from 1992 to 2000 would you have made the Hall of Fame on the first ballot?
“That 10 years was detrimental to my win total, but I loved it there. I always thought we were going to be a competitor next year. I believed the ownership was going to make the moves the next year, because the fan base was so passionate and so adamant about pushing them to win, and they never did. One of my last years, I had Ruben Amaro hitting cleanup for me, if that tells you anything. It was just a bad situation. I think about that. And I think about, in ’97, I signed my first big contract. I went 17-11 and I think I punched out 300 guys. And I had a sub-3.00 ERA. The opening day of that season, I signed a four-year, $24-million extension. Kevin Brown, after that season, signed a $108 million contract. That was the first big contract. So, you could play that what-if game, but I don’t. I’m so blessed and so lucky. The game owes me nothing. It’s good.”
On Hall of Fame voters looking beyond the win-loss record to more important indicators like conventional statistics:
“I won’t think about this again until this day next year, but I also, when I do think about it, I think about a more educated base of voters. I think you’ve seen, starting with Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young and Zack Greinke winning the Cy Young with 12, 14 wins, I think you’re starting to see a move away from conventional statistics. As a guy who never bought into conventional statistics, I love it. It shows more interest. I still think the process needs to be tweaked. I think voters should lose their credentials. I think if a guy gets over 90 percent of the vote and you don’t vote for him, you should lose your pass. If a guy gets less than five percent and you vote for him, you should lose your pass.”
Posted: January 11, 2013 at 09:38 AM | 73 comment(s)
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