Curt Schilling is worthy of the Hall of Fame


Curt Schilling is worthy of the Hall of Fame

Though Curt Schilling is identified mostly with the Boston Red Sox, the team with which he won two World Series, he spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Which leads to this question: Will Schilling be assigned a Red Sox cap or a Phillies cap (or maybe even an Arizona Diamondbacks cap) when he's inducted into the Hall of Fame? (Yes, we said when.) The decision is the Halls to make and it's based on which team the player left the most indelible mark.

It would be difficult to argue that Schilling's biggest impact did not come with the Red Sox. He was traded from Arizona to Boston before the 2004 season, quickly announced that he hated the New York Yankees, then proceeded to shoot them down, basically on one leg (see: bloody sock) in a historic ALCS before helping the Red Sox sweep the St. Louis Cardinals for the franchise's first World Series title in 86 years.

Any look at Schilling's candidacy has to go heavy on his postseason work.

He won the World Series in 2001, 2004 and 2007.

He was 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and a .968 WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) in 19 postseason starts.

He was 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in five elimination starts. (His team won all five.)

He was the MVP of the 1993 NLCS with the Phillies.

He was the co-MVP of the 2001 World Series with the Diamondbacks.

Why did we look at Schilling's postseason resume first? Because it's what puts his candidacy over the top.

He has tremendous regular-season credentials, but some might argue that his period of dominance didnt last long enough and that his 216 wins aren't quite enough.

Look deeper.

Schilling, who had a 3.46 ERA over 20 seasons, had three 20-win seasons, made six All-Star teams and finished second in the Cy Young voting three times.

He finished in the top 10 in league ERA nine times, including second twice.

His WHIP was among the 10 best in the league 11 times. Nine of those times, he finished in the top five and he had the best mark in that category twice.

He had three 300-strikeout seasons, two with the Phillies. Only Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson (six apiece) have more 300-K seasons.

Schilling ranks 15th all-time with 3,116 strikeouts.

His 4.383 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the second-best all-time, trailing only Tommy Bond, who pitched his last game in 1884.

He is one of four pitchers with at least 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks. The others: Greg Maddux, Ferguson Jenkins, Pedro Martinez. Pretty good company.

Curt Schilling is not a slam dunk for winning a spot in Cooperstown in this his first year on the ballot, but we believe hell get there eventually. He is worthy of election.

Mets' Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award as Phillies' Aaron Nola comes in 3rd

Mets' Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award as Phillies' Aaron Nola comes in 3rd

New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom was the landslide winner of the National League Cy Young Award when the results were announced on Wednesday night.

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals finished second in the voting and Phillies ace Aaron Nola placed third.

DeGrom received 29 of a possible 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young winner, received one first-place vote.

Nola received 27 third-place votes, two fourth-place votes and one fifth-place vote to easily outdistance Colorado's Kyle Freeland, the fourth-place finisher in the NL.

DeGrom, 30, had just 10 wins, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starting pitcher in a full season, for a Mets club that finished eight games under .500. However, he led the majors with a brilliant 1.70 ERA.

Nola, 25, was the Phillies’ first-round draft pick in 2014. He blossomed into an ace in his fourth season in the majors in 2018. He finished second in the NL in ERA (2.37) and third in innings (212 1/3) and WHIP (0.97).

Scherzer, 34, led the majors in innings (220 2/3) and strikeouts (300) in 2018 while recording  a 2.53 ERA, the second best of his career.

Nola became the first Phillie to finish in the top 10 of the NL Cy Young voting since Cole Hamels placed sixth in 2014. The last Phillies to finish in the top three were Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, who finished second and third, respectively, in 2011. Halladay won the award in 2010.

Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell won the American League Award over Houston’s Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber.

Here's the breakdown of the National League voting, courtesy of

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Phillies promote Chris Young to replace Rick Kranitz as pitching coach

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Phillies promote Chris Young to replace Rick Kranitz as pitching coach

The Phillies have made a change in their coaching ranks.

Chris Young has been promoted to head pitching coach, said a baseball source, confirming a report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Young replaces Rick Kranitz, who served as the team’s head pitching coach in 2018.

Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was not immediately available for comment on the sudden and surprising change.

A baseball source with knowledge of the move said it was made after Young had received an offer to become head pitching coach with another major league team. It is customary for teams to allow coaches to move on to greater roles or retain them with promotions. In this case, the Phillies promoted Young from assistant pitching coach to head pitching coach so that they could retain him.

Kranitz, 60, remains under contract with the Phillies and could conceivably return to the organization in another role. However, that is doubtful. Kranitz had previously served as a head major-league pitching coach with Miami, Baltimore and Milwaukee and should have no trouble hooking on with another organization.

Before becoming the Phillies’ head pitching coach last season, Kranitz was the team’s bullpen coach and then assistant pitching coach under Bob McClure. McClure and Kranitz were both instrumental in the grooming of Aaron Nola, who will finish in the top 3 of the National League Cy Young voting when the results are announced on Wednesday night.

Young, 37, joined the Phillies a year ago after spending three years with the Houston Astros as pro scouting supervisor. The Astros are one of baseball’s most progressive organizations and Young is well schooled in the modern approach (video, big data, deep matchup study, etc.) that many teams, the Phillies included, are now taking toward coaching, game preparation and execution. 

Earlier this offseason, the Phillies hired Josh Bonifay, another former member of the Astros organization, to be their director of player development. Joe Jordan, the Phillies' previous director of player development, resigned over philosophical differences with the front office in September.

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