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9. Curt Schilling

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For the record, we love outspoken athletes. They may not always be popular with fans (and other players), but they sure make for far better sound bites than “we gotta go out there and give 100 percent” or other such statements from the “Athlete’s guide to dealing with the Media”. Ironically, Schilling is now part of the media, but remains as outspoken as ever.

Schilling attracted attention with his arm too. Although he has only 216 career Major League victories, he has a career WAR of 69.7, which ranks him in the top thirty all time for Pitchers. He was a strikeout machine who also rarely walked batters, as shown by his number two career ranking in Strikeouts to Walks Ratio.   Schilling also rose to the occasion even more in the Post Season, where he posted an 11 and 2 record, a World Series and NLCS MVP, three rings and a WHIP under one.

Curt Schilling’s famous bloody sock from the 2004 Hall of Fame is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Logic dictates that there is a solid chance that he will join his famous hosiery.


The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.A.

Eligible Since:


Played for:
Baltimore Orioles
Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies
Arizona Diamondbacks
Boston Red Sox

Major Accolades and Awards:
World Series MVP (2001)
NLCS MVP (1993)
ML Hutch Award (2001)
6 Time All Star (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 & 2004)
Most Wins (2) (NL) (2001) (AL) (2004)
Most Innings Pitched (2) (NL) (1998 & 2001)
Most Strikeouts (2) (NL) (1997 & 1998)
Most Complete Games (4) (NL) (1996, 1997, 1998 & 2001)
World Series Rings (3) (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2001 & Boston Red Sox, 2004 & 2007)

Other Points of Note:
Top Ten MVP Finishes
(NL: 2002, 10th)
Top Ten Cy Young Finishes:
(NL: 1997, 4th), (NL: 2001, 2nd), (NL: 2002, 2nd) & (AL: 2004, 2nd)
9  Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
7 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
9 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
11 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
11 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)

Notable All Time Rankings:
15. Strikeouts: 3,116
28. WAR for Pitchers: 69.7
82. Wins: 216
87. Games Started: 436
95. Innings Pitched: 3,261

Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

Should Be Inducted As A:
Boston Red Sox

Should Curt Schilling be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 55.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11.1%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 11.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 22.2%


-1 #1 Endlessjose 2013-01-09 02:51
I know he has nice stats but Curt with his bad 216 wins and him never winning a Cy Young is not a hall of famer. Also there's too many pitchers better than him in his era.
0 #2 JohnFromNH 2013-04-15 20:00
He should be in Cooperstown...m ostly on the strength of his incredible postseason performances with Boston & Arizona. He should have won a Cy Young...got screwed in 2004!
-1 #3 Gus_Schultz 2015-03-29 17:24
Overrated!! Never won 20, never won a Cy Young, an ERA title and a meager 216 wins. Plus he was a cancer in the locker room. The image of him throwing a towel over his head as his colleague Mitch Williams pitched in the /93 WS says it all. Egocentric and total narcissist. Now he cost the state of Rhode Island millions because they were dumb enough to invest in his computer game? :sad:
-1 #4 Gus_Schultz 2015-03-29 17:25
Overrated narcissist. Cares about nobody other than himself. Only a meager 216 wins in the hall? Never won 20. Never won a Cy Young, never lead the league in ERA. Overrated.
0 #5 JohnfromNH 2015-03-29 18:53
Three World Series rings, one WS MVP, one LCS MVP, 11-2 lifetime postseason record. Not to mention: risking his career by having a never-before-do ne procedure done so he could pitch! The next season, he willingly offered to close, greatly lengthening the time it took him to return to starting form and probably cost him 30+ wins.

He won 20 twice: 22-6 in 2001 (Arizona) and 21-6 in 2004 (Boston, age 37, pitching half the season with a tendon problem).

One reason he "only" has 216 wins is that in his prime, he was on some REALLY bad teams. (He once had a 3.19 ERA and a losing record.) He was on four 90-loss teams and two 85+ loss teams with the Phillies.

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