In 20 seasons in the major leagues, Schilling won double-digit games just 10 times. He didn't appear in an All-Star Game until he was 30, never won a Cy Young award, and was usually the second best pitcher on his own team.
But in 19 career postseason starts with the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox, Schilling won 11 games and lost just two. He won NLCS MVP honors with the Phillies in 1993, shared World Series MVP honors with the Diamondbacks in 2001, and pitched through a surgically repaired right ankle to help break the Curse of the Bambino with the Red Sox in 2004.
His career postseason ERA? 2.23.
Schilling ranks with Christy Mathewson and Sandy Koufax as the best big=game pitchers in baseball history.
Schilling has the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.38) among pitchers in the modern era and was just the fourth pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts before 1,000 walks. He finished second in the Cy Young voting three times (2001, 2002, and 2004), and proved his value as a workhorse by leading the league in games started, complete games, and innings pitched a combined nine times.
Bottom line: Schilling isn't in the same class as the Big Four (Martinez, Maddux, Clemens, and Johnson) but he is in the second tier with Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. His regular season statistics alone wouldn't be enough for the Hall, but his postseason credentials suggest that Cooperstown will come calling soon.
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