Curt Schilling HoF Candidacy
A bit late, but wanted Forum feedback.
In the Boston Sunday Globe for 4 December, that is just before the Committee vote was announced, two columnists discussed Schilling's candidacy. They discussed his problematic off field behavior, which IMO, is fair game, though not so bad as to be disqualifying. They also suggested that his on field record is not, to quote one, as much of a slam dunk as his fans insist.
This is the part that is so preposterous that you may wish to put down your beverages.
One columnist noted that three of Schilling's best comps are Kevin Brown, Bob Welch, and Tim Hudson, none of whom are enshrined. The other that Brown had a lower ERA, Jerry Reuss had more wins, and Mickey Lolich had more strikeouts per year, and none of them are enshrined.
So all of this is true, as far as it goes. As far as "Similarity Scores" are concerned, Brown, Welch, and Hudson are 2, 3, 4 to Schilling, with Zack Greinke number 1. Even subtracting Schilling's age 21 and 22 seasons where he struck out 10 of just 114 batters leaves Lolich ahead.
Here are the comparisons of the similar careers:
And here are the comparisons of the superior stat guys:
I begin with a one word comment "Preposterous."