Red Sox: Schilling misses out on 2019 Hall of Fame

Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images)
Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling throws against the Oakland Athletics, Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Fenway Park in Boston. (Photo by J Rogash/Getty Images) /

News has just broken on the Hall of Fame class for 2019 and former Red Sox star Curt Schilling didn’t get the call.

The votes are in and the results have been tallied, we now know who will be heading to Cooperstown in 2019. One of the names left off of the ballot this year was that of Curt Schilling. The former Red Sox ace finished the voting with 60.9% of the voting, well shy of the 75% needed to book his ticket to the Hall.

Curt first became eligible for consideration with the 2013 ballot and has seen an increase in his totals each year. His 2019 results saw an increase from 2018 where he finished with only 51.2%. This bodes well for the righty as that is a massive jump in voting.

This was a tough year for Schilling in the voting as he was going against some heavy hitters, but again, finishing where he did puts some optimism that he will join Cooperstown. Curt had a stellar career that spanned 20 years and five teams, most notably the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox. He would win a World Series title with Arizona and two with Boston.

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Schilling will also go down as one of the greatest postseason pitchers to ever take the mound. He made it to the postseason in five of his 20 seasons and participated in 12 different series. In that time he would go 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 120/25 K/BB ratio over 133.1 IP. That’s just absolutely insane. He also had the best K/BB ratio from 2001-2004 and again in 2006. He currently ranks 5th for his career in that metric.

Red Sox fans will forever be thankful to Schilling for what he did for the team in 2004. Signing with the Red Sox on Thanksgiving night in 2003, Curt made it his mission in 2004 to end the Curse of the Bambino. And he along with a gang of idiots did just that.

On a cold October night in one of the most hostile places in sports, he put on a performance of legendary proportions. With blood seeping through his sock after surgery to repair a tendon sheath in his ankle. As the game went on you could see the pain creeping in more and more but that wouldn’t stop Curt, he had a job to do.

He dazzled Yankee batters for 7 innings only giving up 4 hits and a single run while striking out 4 and not walking a single batter. A master class in grit and determination. That outing only added to the lore that is Curt Schilling in the postseason.

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So even though he didn’t get the call this year, things are looking good for Curt Schilling and his bid for the Hall of Fame. With a massive jump in votes this year compared to 2018, next year could be the year he heads to Cooperstown. I would like to congratulate Mike Mussina, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and the first ever unanimous inductee Mariano Rivera on their calls to the Hall. All are spectacular players and have more than earned the honor.