Cooperstown Chronicles – Curt Schilling

Jun 24, 2008
Photo courtesy of TSN Archives/Icon SMI

With everybody talking about Curt Schilling and his Hall of Fame worthiness, I figured I’d weigh in on the subject.

Photo courtesy of Icon SMI

The Numbers
Played 1988-2007 ??? (20 Years ???)
569 Games
436 Starts (83rd All-time)
3261 Innings (94th All-time)
216 Wins (79th All-time) - 146 Losses
.597 Winning Percentage
3.46 ERA (4.41 League ERA)
1.137 WHIP (44th All-time)
3116 Ks (14th All-time)
83 Complete Games
20 Shutouts
22 Saves
4.38 Strikout to Walk Ratio (2nd All-time)
127 Adjusted ERA (42nd All-time)

Three 20 Win Seasons
Five 200 K Seasons
Three 300 K Seasons
Four sub-3.00 ERA Seasons
Two sub-1.00 WHIP Seasons

Playoffs:  3 World Series Rings, 19 Starts, 133.3 Innings, 10-2 (.833 Winning %), 2.23 ERA, 0.968 WHIP, 120 Ks, 4 Complete Games


1995 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
2001 Babe Ruth Award
2001 Branch Rickey Award
2001 Hutch Award
2001 Roberto Clemente Award
2001 TSN Pitcher of the Year
2001 World Series MVP
2002 TSN Pitcher of the Year
6 All-Star Game Appearances
Cy Young Votes in 4 Seasons (three-time runner-up)
MVP Votes in 4 seasons

Top Ten Finishes

Wins – Five Times (Led league in 2001 & 2004)
Winning % – 6 Times (Led league in 2004)
ERA – 9 Times
WHIP – 11 Times (Led league in 1992 & 2002)
Strikeouts – 9 Times (Led league in 1997 & 1998)
Innings – 7 Times (Led league in 1998 & 2001)
Starts – 5 Times (Led league in 1997, 1998 & 2001)
Complete Games – 11 Times (Led league in 1996, 1998, 2000 & 2001)
Shutouts – 11 Times

Hall of Fame Yardsticks:
Black Ink: Pitching – 42 (33) (Average HOFer ≈ 40)
Gray Ink: Pitching – 205 (34) (Average HOFer ≈ 185)
HOF Standards: Pitching – 46.0 (48) (Average HOFer ≈ 50)
HOF Monitor: Pitching – 171.0 (33) (Likely HOFer > 100)

I don’t even know why there is a debate.  Seriously.  His postseason heroics alone are enough to put him on the brink of the HOF.  His career numbers do the rest.  He wasn’t just a compiler either.  He put together some fabulous seasons, as evidenced by his Top Ten finishes.  His control for a power pitcher is unrivaled.  His 4.38 Strikout to Walk Ratio is second only to Tommy Bond (who only had 879 Ks), and ahead of the likes of Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, and the list goes on.  He won over 200 Games at nearly a 60% clip.  He has over 3100 Strikeouts.  His ERA is almost a full Run lower than the league average.  He never won the Cy Young, but was the bridesmaid three times.  He may have won 20 games just three times, but Wins aren’t always the best indicator.  By my standards he had outstanding years in 1992, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2004.  Not to mention his postseason dominance.  That is what makes his legacy legendary.  Even before the bloody sock, Curt was known as a big game pitcher.  He was brilliant in the 1993 ALCS helping the Phillies earn a trip to the World Series.  He was even more spectacular in the 2001 Diamondback’s improbable run to the World Series.  He went 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 18 Ks in the NLDS as Arizona beat St. Louis.  He was 1-0 with a 1.00 ERA and 12 Ks as they beat Atlanta.  In the World Series against the heavily favored Yankees, he went 1-0 in 3 Starts with a 1.69 ERA and 26 Ks.  He pitched well in the 2002 NLDS, but was cut down by St. Louis.  Then came the historic 2004 season.  He pitched well in defeating the Angels, but injured his ankle.  He got bombed by the Yankees in his first start before gutting out Game 6 and helping keep the comeback alive.  Then he pitched 6 scoreless Innings as the Red Sox steamrolled the Cardinals to a curse-reversing World Series win.  He won three of his four starts (including another World Series win agasint Colorado) in the 2007 Red Sox World Series run.  The Hall of Fame looks kindly on postseason heroics.  When you couple it with an outstanding regular season career, I don’t get the debate.  Curt Schiling is a Hall of Famer in my book. 
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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Larry Novak
    June 24th, 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Asa Yankee fan, I HATE this guy. They say his overall #s do not merit going in, They say that guys like Jerry Koosman and tommy John have more wins and they are not in. This is true, I also hear that alot of writers do not like him as he allegedly has blown off some writers and then given scoops to others. It seems that alot of writers do not like him and they will hold it against him. I say he will go in, but it may take about 10 to the maximum 15 ballots till he gets in.
    If I had a vote, even as a Yankee fan, I say he is a slam dunk Hall Of Famer. The best comparison I heard about Schilling is to Catfish Hunter. The numbers are close and so is the Post season sucsess. So it kills me to say. “CURT SCHILLING..COME ON DOWN…YOU ARE GOING TO THE HALL OF FAME”

  2. Fragnoli
    June 24th, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    It will be interesting to see how the vote shapes up for Schilling.

  3. Mo Morrissey
    June 24th, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    I like his chances and you make a great case here, Ryan. I think Larry’s comment above says a lot. Nice work

  4. LestersLegends
    June 24th, 2008 at 9:19 pm #

    Larry – That’s Big Time. You just proved that you’re not just a Yankee fan, but that you’re a baseball fan. Not that we didn’t know that already. I wonder if his blog will hinder his chances.
    Frag – agree
    Mo – I like his chances too.

  5. Chuck
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    I see your point. I’d prefer to see Bert Byleven get in first.

  6. LestersLegends
    June 25th, 2008 at 10:28 am #

    I can live with that.

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