Minutes ago, this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame results, the most debated in some time, were revealed. And not all that unexpectedly, none of the players on the ballot garnered the 75 percent of votes needed for induction into Cooperstown.
Craig Biggio, the seven-time All-Star for the Astros, was the closest to election, earning 68.2 percent of the writers' votes. Jack Morris garnered 67.7 percent, while Jeff Bagwell checked in with 59.6 percent. Both Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each garnered less than 40 percent.
Though the likes of Bonds, Clemens and Sammy Sosa – and the controversies surrounding them – headlined this year’s ballot, there was a notable former Phillie also passed over in Curt Schilling, who earned 38.8 percent of votes.
CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury wrote a great piece on Tuesday about Schilling’s Hall of Fame credentials, and we too believe Schilling's career, highlighted by his great postseason numbers, was worthy of an eventual Hall of Fame induction.
Though his 216 career regular-season victories would be on the lower end for Hall of Fame pitchers, Schilling's postseason numbers are telling. He played a key part in three World Series titles, 2001 with the Diamondbacks and 2004 and 2007 with the Red Sox and his 11-2 record and 2.23 ERA over 19 postseason starts are certainly Cooperstown-caliber.
Phoenixville’s Mike Piazza, whose 396 home runs at the catcher position are more than any other at the position, was also passed over, receiving 57.8 percent of the writers' votes. One has to figure that he, as well as Schilling, will eventually hear their names called in Cooperstown.