So what? You are arguing about 21.1 IP. Besides, he could be perfect for 21.1 IP with 60 Ks but if his team doesn't score any runs then would he have a ring?
Look at the flip side for a second. Had he blown up in those starts, would that make him a bad pitcher and undeserving of getting in the Hall?
I'm not pretending it didn't happen. It's just a weak ass argument for a player. He was lucky to been part of a winning team.
Agreed. The fact that he has three rings is largely luck-based. It doesn't say anything about his personal skill level or what he personally accomplished in his career. And generally four seasons are not good enough to make the HOF.
The marginal value of a great player, is higher on a good team. That is a pretty basic part of sports economics. For instance in 2001, Schilling was worth about 7 wins more than a replacement player, and the D-Backs won the division by 2 games. Those seven wins meant a lot more to his team than they did to say the Pirates who still wouldn't have won 70 games with Schilling. Say the Pirates traded Todd Ritchie to the D-Backs for Schilling, Todd Ritchie's 2 wins above replacement player are not enough to help the Diamondbacks win anything, while With Curt Schilling the Pirates still struggle to win 65 games. Say somehow the D-Backs still make it to the World Series with Todd Ritchie pitching, do they win it? probably not. That is postseason dominance matters in the equation. Curt Schilling got to the postseason because he had good teammates. His team world series titles because they had Curt Schilling.
As to your point, BB: yes anyone can get hot for a few weeks in October, Curt Schilling has been dominant nearly every time he pitches in the post season. He has a 2.23 era in 133.1 ip. It is not like he was just great once or twice, he has a consistent track record of helping very good teams win rings.
"I do not think baseball of today is any better than it was 30 years ago... I still think Radbourne is the greatest of the pitchers." John Sullivan 1914-Old athletes never change.