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: 2012
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: N/A