With his career all but finished, everyone is debating the Hall of Fame prospects of Curt Schilling. I feel he’ll make the Hall, very slightly and toward the back end of this era’s line.
His numbers show he’s right there among most Hall candidates, and his reputation and legacy probably cement his candidacy. But the question I ask is â€” if he gets in the Hall, does he go in as a Phillie?
Most people would right away say no, he’s wearing a Red Sox cap. But not so fast â€” do you automatically give the Sox Schilling because of two world championships?
Here are some comparatives:
Schilling w/ Phils: 101-78, 1554 K in 8.5 years
Schilling w/ D-Backs: 58-28, 875 K in 3.5 years
Schilling w/ Sox: 53-29, 574 K in 4 years
Schilling hit the prime of his career with the Phillies (his 319 K season of 1997), and that prime lasted until 2002, when he went 23-7 with the D-Backs. With Arizona and Boston he benefited from being on good teams, which is why he won so many games (three 20+ win seasons).
The 2004 championship (and “bloody sock” game) raised his star to legend status, and last year’s championship may have cemented his Hall of Fame candidacy. But I say Schilling’s real Hall of Fame resume comes mostly from his time in Philadelphia, winning a lot of games for bad teams and dominating the National League with Pedro Martinez.
In my view, Schill is a Phillie Hall of Famer.