RAmst23 wrote:Guess I'll go the devil's advocate route..
3000 K's is the only stand-out statistic by Curt Schilling to make him a HOF. A 216-146 record with an ERA of 3.46 is certainly a good career, it's in fact very similar to Kevin Brown's 211-144 record with an ERA of 3.28.
Sure, but Schilling finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting 3 times and 4th once and got MVP votes in all of those seasons.
Kevin Brown had a 2nd-place finish, a 3rd-place, and 3 6th-place finishes with no MVP votes.
And the postseason does matter. Kevin Brown's team won, despite him, in 1997. Schilling was a pivotal player in winning the 2001 WS and the 2004 WS and had a great start (although it wasn't as necessary) in 2007.
RAmst23 wrote:Schilling does not seem to stand with the list of great pitchers from his era (Clemens, Maddux, RJ, Pedro), but fits in better with many others who were very good but not great.
Well, noone on that list stands with Pedro in his prime. So you can't use him as a metric, it just isn't fair.
Clemens and RJ are no-doubt HoF'ers (well, unless maybe Clemens gets imprisoned for steroids/perjury, but that's completely separate).
The fact that you don't think Schilling is as good as those two (which he arguably hasn't had as great of a career, granted) doesn't DQ him from the Hall. He's still had a good enough career in his own right.
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.