Curt Schilling is coming to Bangor. He should be going to the Hall of Fame.

Curt Schilling belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Full disclosure: he’s the guest of honor at my Cookout With Curt event July 27 in Bangor, so I might have a not so hidden agenda. But I have made this argument before, and I’m about to convince you here and now, that Big Schill is a Hall of Famer.

The cranky old writers who vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame are tough to impress. And they can hold a grudge if you weren’t sweet to them when you played. The Hall of Fame system needs an overhaul.

Red Sox radio play by play guy Joe Castiglione always explains how egregious it is that he sees 162 or more games in person, start to finish, every season and he doesn’t get a vote for the Hall of Fame. He’s right.

The old curmudgeons who do vote have allowed in a couple of guys that open the door for Schilling.

Let’s start with Roy Halladay. He was a great pitcher and a true workhorse. Here are his stats:

Roy Halladay

RECORD: 203-105.
ERA: 3.38
STRIKE OUTS: 2117
CY YOUNGS: 2
WAR 64.3
WHIP: 1.17
POST SEASON RECORD: 3-2
World Series WINS: 0

I am fine with Halladay being in the HOF. But whats amazing is he received more than 85% of the vote cast and was a first ballot entrant.

Next here are the numbers on Jack Morris:

RECORD: 254-186
ERA: 3.89
STRIKE OUTS: 2478
WAR: 48.3
WHIP: 1.29
CY YOUNGS: 0
POST SEASON RECORD: 7-4. 3.80 ERA
WORLD SERIES TITLES: 3

Keeping all those stats in mind, lets look at Schilling:

RECORD: 216-146
ERA: 3.46
STRIKE OUTS: 3116
WAR 79.5
WHIP: 1.16
CY YOUNGS: 0
POST SEASON RECORD: 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA
WORLD SERIES TITLES: 3

Schilling did not win the Cy Young, but finished second in the voting 3 times and in the top 5 four times.

As you can see those numbers compare very favorably to both Halladay and Morris. It should be noted much of Curt’s career took place during the steroid era. That should count for a little something extra too.

In the prime of his career Schilling was dominant posting a 111-57 record in his eight seasons with Arizona and Boston. His performance in the 2004 postseason, including the two bloody sock games, should be the red icing on the cake.

So, come see Curt Schilling in Bangor July 27, and in the next few years you should be able to see him in Cooperstown as well.

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Jeff Solari

About Jeff Solari

Jeff Solari is the president and founder of the Sports Chowdah, Maine’s only free, weekly sports e mail newsletter. Recently, the Mount Desert Island native was the co-host of "The Drive" on 92.9 FM in Bangor.