Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas all were inducted in to Cooperstown. All of these immortals deserve to be as well. They were amongst the greatest playerâ€™s that the game has to offer. This should be an exciting day when we focus and honor our attention towards these guys, but that is not the biggest story of the day. The biggest and most outrageous part was that Curt Schilling only salvaged 29.2 percent of the vote.
I wrote a column earlier this week, lobbying for Curt and his well Hall of Fame deserved career. I will be reiterating my points and share my frustration towards this malpractice courtesy of the BBWAA.
Schilling in my opinion has the second most compelling case on this ballot. I say that statement with full confidence. You can find niches and areas of peopleâ€™s games that they were lacking with every player on this ballot with the exception of Greg Maddux and Curt Schilling. Letâ€™s compare the numbers between Curt and other pitcherâ€™s on the ballot.
Schilling: 3.46 ERA, 3.23 FIP- 29.2%
Mussina: 3.68 ERA, 3.57 FIP- 20.3%
Glavine: 3.54 ERA, 3.95 FIP- 91.9%
Morris: 3.90 ERA, 3.94 FIP- 61.5%
There is something wrong here. I mean seriously. Schilling has better numbers in both statistical categories compared to all three pitchers. By a substantial amount as well. Schilling not only beat out all of these candidates in these numbers, but Schilling also cumulated a better FIP than the legendary Greg Maddux. Maddux collected a career 3.26 FIP, Schilling edges him out by .03 points in that category. Now, Maddux is better than Schilling. That is not what I am trying to point out, I am just trying to show you comparatively that Schilling is closer to a Greg Maddux level than one might think.
The biggest snub in Baseball Hall of Fame history does not only appeal to new school thinkers who base their decisions on the numbers. Schilling is also a benefactor of old school thinkers, especially in the clutch category. No one was better in crunch time than Schilling was, which seems to get lost when these writers go to cast their ballots. The clutch argument only applies to Jack Morris, but why is that the case? Look at the post-season numbers comparatively between the two.
Curt Schilling: 11-2 and a 2.23 ERA
Jack Morris: 7-4and a 3.80 ERA
You want to talk about post-season heroes! Not only did Curt perform sub-human in October but his post-season heroics actually accomplished a lot. Schilling anchored four teams to the World Series, winning three of them. This day should be about the other three and it is, but this can and should not be ignored. Schilling deserves his due and what he worked so hard to earn, it is quite frankly neglect courtesy of the BBWAA.
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