Curt Schilling Announces His Retirement

Tony ArnoldineCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 08: Curt Schilling #38 of the Boston Red Sox heads out on to the field to get his 2007 World Series Championship Ring before the game the Detroit Tigers on April 8,2008 during Opening Day at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

In "We kind of figured you were already retired" news, Curt Schilling has announced his retirement on his blog, 38Pitches.com.

Schilling hadn't pitched since 2007 after missing all of last season with an injury. That is, after he signed a one-year, $8 million contract.

The question now is whether or not he is a Hall of Famer. Of course ESPN's Peter Gammons thinks so. Then again, he thinks everyone who has ever worn Red Socks is a shoe-in. I would have to strongly disagree.

Sure, he has a career record that is 70 games over .500, but he played for 20 seasons and compiled 216 wins, for an average of less than 11 wins per season. Schilling has a career 3.46 ERA. No doubt these are very good numbers, but when did very good players become Hall of Famers? The criteria should be greatness over an extended period of time.

Then again, Jim Rice got in, so who knows anymore.

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