With a krelled-up Kenny Keltner List, sure.
7. Do the player’s numbers meet Hall of Fame standards?
Sure. Again, 216 wins is low. The average Hall of Fame starting pitcher has 251 wins, which is bloated a touch when you consider 19th century-early 20th century guys who started 65, 70 games a year. But even among recent inductees, 216 wins would be among the lowest totals. But Drysdale won less, so did Dizzy Dean, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Lefty Gomez. There are 70 pitchers in the Hall of Fame (counting Babe Ruth)—if elected Schilling would be 45th in wins. But he would rank 21st in WAR—ahead of Jim Palmer, Bob Feller, Juan Marichal and Whitey Ford, among others.
13. Did the player uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character that the Hall of Fame, in its written guidelines, instructs us to consider?
Sure. I mean, he was all over the problems of steroids in baseball early on, but he contradicted his previous stance while testifying (also pronounced “turtling”) in front of Congress in 2005, saying he believed there was little steroid use in baseball. Of course since he has flip-flopped again, going back to his pre-Congress stance. And there is the matter of his very large role in costing the state of Rhode Island $112 million bucks, but that has nothing to do with his Hall of Fame candidacy.
Curt Schilling is not an immortal. He’s not Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Steve Carlton or Tom Seaver. But that’s not the established standard in Cooperstown, if it was it would take about 90 seconds to get though the room with all the plaques. For every Christy Mathewson there are at least a half dozen in the Red Ruffing, Don Sutton, Rube Waddell group. Schilling’s numbers are as good if not better than most starting pitchers in the Hall of Fame. If he had never pitched a postseason game I think he’d be a borderline candidate. Throw in the playoff record and you’ve got a Hall of Famer.
Posted: December 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM | 99 comment(s)
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