Bc he was never a first ballot HOFer. And of course he’s gained more votes since his name first appeared, that’s the case for most players. The bottom line is he was a productive regular season Pitcher, but his ‘01 & ‘04 Post Seasons make him a HOF player.He was also on the HOF ballet before he went all in on his beliefs and didn't get in. And as he's been more vocal in his beliefs, he's received more votes.
I kind of agree with you but it is a Hall of "Fame" not just a Hall of Stats. Leaving it up to writers can lead to problems. They aren't always distant enough to just look at the player on the field. I'm betting a large number of people that watched Curt Schilling play baseball have no idea what he says on Twitter.Then take the human element out and say if you reach certain stats, you're in
Maybe, maybe not. Whether or not certain writers have an axe to grind with Schilling is "he said, she said" but look at how the steroid era is being treated. There's already been suspected steroid users elected to the HoF while players like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will likely never get in. Bonds was notoriously adversarial toward the medial throughout his playing career and many writers have openly come out and said they will never vote for him because of how he personally treated them. And this is a player with some of the greatest statistics in the history of the game.I absolutely agree with this: "a large number of people that watched Curt Schilling play baseball have no idea what he says on Twitter".
However, if it is about "Fame" and not "Stats" why aren't Bo Jackson or Mark Fidrych in the HOF? Because the only way we compare great players across different eras is career statistics. I'm sticking with my stance: Schilling's career performance is right on the bubble - W/L and ERA are pretty good but not great. And his 70% of the vote is also right on the bubble. This does not look like a personal vendetta to me.
But the value of numbers change as the game changes. Used to be 500 HR was elite. Now it's been watered down due to the steroid era and guys going HR or bust.Then take the human element out and say if you reach certain stats, you're in
I agree. For example, Steve Carlton won 27 games for the Phillies one season in the early 70's while the team finished last or next-to-last. The last 3 seasons (really 2.5 seasons) DeGrom won 25 games total and won the CY twice! Think about that.But the value of numbers change as the game changes. Used to be 500 HR was elite. Now it's been watered down due to the steroid era and guys going HR or bust.
I'll be shocked to see another 300 victory pitcher in the foreseeable future