Curt Schilling's call for Hall shines light on Blyleven.

John GrayCorrespondent IJune 22, 2008

Curt Schilling will be remembered forever for a great clutch player who helped break the cruse, but his career stats do not make him a Hall-of-Famer. He only had 4 seasons with 17 wins or more.  John Smoltz and Dennis Eckerlsey have nearly as many wins as Schilling though they have over 150 saves each.
 
I will forever grateful of Schilling that he helped break the curse, but Burt Blyleven had a much better regular season career for much worse teams:  Texas, Minnesota and Cleveland.
Blyleven had 60 shutouts, 287 wins, 3.31 career ERA and 3701 strikeouts.
 
Post season wise Blyleven was 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in postseason play. He threw a complete-game eight-hitter against Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, George Foster and the Reds in the clinching game of the 1979 National League Championship Series and was lights-out against Baltimore in the World Series. Blyleven even pitched four innings in relief of Jim Rooker in Game 5 to help the Pirates come back from a 3-1 deficit against the Orioles.
 
If you judge a player by the company he keeps, Blyleven certainly merits a place in Cooperstown. He has more complete games (242) than Tom Seaver, a better strikeout-walk ratio (2.8-1) than Walter Johnson, more shutouts (60) than Bob Gibson, Jim Palmer and Juan Marichal, and a better WHIP (1.198) than Whitey Ford, Steve Carlton and Nolan Ryan.
 
Thank you for the trophies Curt, and would be glad to induct you in the Red Sox Hall-of-Fame for your short, but impactful stay but there are a few others more deserving in Cooperstown.


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