Monday, November 19, 2018

Eight Red Sox Will Be On The Hall Of Fame Ballot, Just One Deserves A Vote

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Eight players who, at one time or another, played for your Boston Red Sox will appear on next year's Hall Of Fame ballot. They are: Jason Bay, Roger ClemensDerek Lowe, Darren Oliver, Manny Ramirez, Curt Schilling, Kevin Youkilis and Billy Wagner. If we had a vote, only one of them would enter the hallowed halls in Cooperstown: Schilling. There's an outside case to be made for Wagner, who compiled a 2.31 ERA and 422 saves over a stellar 16-year MLB career. But, in our view, the Hall of Fame should be reserved for truly elite performers only. That's why we would cast a vote for 'Mr. Bloody Sock'. Let's look at the facts. Schilling pitched for 20 seasons in major-league baseball—checking in with a 3.46 ERA and 216 wins. He won 20 games twice and led his league in innings pitched twice. He was an All-Star six times and struck out 3,116 batters in his careerone of just 16 to reach that lofty club. He finished second in Cy Young voting three separate times. Then, of course, there is the post-season. Schilling has the highest winning percentage ever in the post-season (.846). He has three World Series rings—two with the Red Sox ('04, '07), in addition to a win with Arizona. He was the Co-MVP (with Randy Johnson) of the 2001 World Series—you know, when the D'Backs smacked-down the Yankees. Schilling also copped MVP honors for the 1993 NLCS as a member of the Phillies. Amazingly, in playoff games in which his teams were facing elimination, Schilling posted a ridiculous 1.37 ERA. In potential clinching games, his ERA was even better—1.16. In total, he pitched in eight elimination or clinching games—and his teams won all eight. What else do you need to know? Schilling belongs in the Hall. Period.