Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Curt Schilling Retires

Yankee nemesis Curt Schilling has decided to hang up is spikes after 20 years in the bigs.
With a lifetime record of 216-146, he is on the cusp of the Hall of Fame.

I heard the discussion on Mike and Mike this morning and it was considered too close to call.

While the regular season record is good, but not great, his post season is a spectacular 11-2 with a tiny 2.23 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 133 innings.

His 6 All Star selections and runner up in the Cy Young twice certainly show he was one of the best of his time, but is he one of the best of all time? I can think of at least 4 of his contemporaries right off the top of my head who I would rather have pitch a big game including Maddox, Clemens (the cheater,) Pedro Martinez, and Randy Johnson. Each of them will go in except maybe Clemens (the cheater.) Toss Glavine and Smoltz, couple it with Scilling's acerbic attitude, and he may be on the outside looking in.

Go Yankees


HealthNutWannabeDad said...

Curt Schilling belongs in the very good, but not great category. The Hall of Fame is for greatness, in my opinion.

As for his regular season record, often power pitchers do not learn how to pitch as well, to work hitters and counts, as well as pitchers like Greg Maddox.


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Da Old Man said...

@ Paul: I'm with you. He was very good, like a number 2 pitcher on most staffs, not a number one. It's hard for the guy who wasn't the ace to get in the Hall.

Anonymous said...

even though he ain't the #1 pitcher, he'll surely be missed. he's still a legacy in baseball history

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