Former Philadelphia Phillies ace Curt Schilling failed to receive the necessary 75% to be elected to the Hall of Fame, and after 10 years has fallen off the ballot.
David Ortiz, Schilling’s former Boston teammate, was the only player elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Schilling joins a list that includes Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa of players falling off the ballot after 10 years.
Schilling received votes on 58.6% of ballots in 2022, down from the 71.1% of votes he garnered in 2021, when he appeared on the doorstep of Cooperstown.
The six-time All-Star likely saw such a precipitous drop in his vote total year over year because he asked to be removed from the BBWAA ballot for his final cycle, a request that the Hall of Fame denied.
Schilling could still be elected to the Hall of Fame at some point in the future, if he’s voted in by one of the Era Committees. Richie Ashburn, Jim Bunning and Ed Delahanty are among the Phillies greats who were elected to the Hall of Fame via what used to be the Veterans Committee. But as we’ve learned with Dick Allen, getting in via one of the Era Committees is hardly an exact science.
By far the largest chunk of Schilling’s career came as a member of the Phillies, the organization that he became a star with during parts of nine seasons. As a Phillie, Schilling was 101-78 with a 3.35 ERA and 3.27 FIP, with 61 complete games.
Considered one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time, Schilling posted a 19-11 career record in the playoffs, with a 2.31 ERA in 132 career innings. Schilling split the 2001 World Series MVP with Randy Johnson after helping the Diamondbacks to win their first championship. He recently said that if he ever is elected to the Hall of Fame, he would like to go in as a Diamondback, rather than a Phillie or Boston Red Sox.
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