Yoda wrote:Yes it was a team effort and thank you for pointing that out. Schilling didn't score any runs for his team the last time I checked. Whether Schilling was good or bad, he is probably still a HOFer in my view (as much as I hate him). What he did in the playoffs doesn't make him a better pitcher. He just happened to be at the right place at the right time.
No, but it's not the Hall of the Best of the Generation. At a certain level, I think the Hall exists to memoralize players who were iconic for the time that they played. And that's why players who accumulate stats just by virtue of longevity are less regarded than others who had brilliant, but shorter, careers.
And one of the things that make players iconic is how they perform (or never show up) in the post-season. Can you hear the name Kirk Gibson and not think about him limping around the bases after hitting the home run? People become obsessed about who "deserves" to be in the Hall rather than who "belongs" there. After all, it is more than anything a museum to baseball.