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Despite controversies, Curt Schilling should still be a Phillies Wall of Famer

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It was only a matter of time, but now it’s official: Curt Schilling is now a member of the Philadelphia Phillies Wall of Fame.Photo: jstolnis.wordpress.com

 

Despite 1993 being the only winning Phillies team he ever played for, Schilling truly came into his own with the pinstripes and established himself as a bona fide major league pitcher- winning 14 games in his first full season as a starter in 1992 and followed that up with 16 wins the next year during the Phillies’ enchanted season. Schilling also won the ‘93 NLCS MVP against the Braves (despite not registering a win) and became the first Phillie to notch back to back 300 strikeout seasons in 1997 and 1998.  

 

As good as Schilling could be on the mound, however, he was capable of causing a lot of drama off the field. One player from the 1993 team (who will not be identified) told me back in 2008 that he wanted to see the Phillies play the Rays in the World Series instead of the Red Sox simply because he wanted no parts of Schilling (who wasn’t even on the active roster). In fact, several players from that ‘93 squad have openly discussed their dislike for Schilling. You all remember the towel over Schilling’s head during the ‘93 playoffs whenever Mitch Williams took the mound. You may also remember Schilling calling WIP the Monday after the Phillies lost the World Series, telling the WIP Morning Show crew how it would be very difficult for Williams to come back to Philadelphia after giving up the series-winning home run to the Blue Jays’ Joe Carter.

 

In saying all of the above, the biggest factor in Schilling’s delay into the Phillies Wall of Fame was how Schilling orchestrated his way out of town in 2000. Phillies’ management didn’t forget about the way Schilling went about asking for a trade. It rubbed the team the wrong way for a long time. Furthermore, Schilling could be found on Daily News Live in the following off seasons ripping Phillies’ management and ownership and questioning their commitment to winning (something tells me Scott Rolen was listening somewhere during all of this).

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Granted, things have changed a lot for the Phillies on and off the field over the last 13 years and last year’s nominations came in the wake of the fall of Schilling’s company, 38 Studios. But nobody reading this can tell me that the main delay of Schilling’s nomination has nothing to do with the circumstances surrounding his departure from Philadelphia. It’s that obvious because Schilling’s body of work here is that strong. He's currently fourth in club history in strikeouts, sixth in victories/games started and eighth in innings pitched. Moreover, his near spotless postseason record might give him an outside shot of making the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

 

It’s been 13 years since Schilling pitched his last game for the Phillies. With his recent induction, hopefully both Schilling and the team can finally kiss and makeup. After all, the Phillies and Schilling both went on to win championships (Schilling actually won three of them, but who’s counting?) and things most likely worked out for the best.

 

Either way, the honor is well deserved. But you can rest assure that no matter what Curt Schilling says at his induction ceremony in August, it will be greeted with some controversy.


Contact Joe Vallee at jvallee@philly2philly.com

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