I will be grateful to Schilling for the joy he gave me in 04. He brought toughness to a team that lost in a brutal fashion in 03. The bloody sock was real and he was something to behold.
That said, at the time and now, I never considered him a HOFer. He also belongs in the Hall of Very Good.
I don't think anyone has mentioned Luis Tiant who was also one of the best in his day. His stats resemble Schilling's and he played on some BAD teams. I'd prefer El Tiant in a game 7 situation over many others who are in or considered. I'd love to see him in the HOF but can appreciate the Hall of Very Good argument.
Catfish got in on a very good PR campaign. He was a big time pitcher on winning teams so that counts for something.
In reading all the names on this thread, I'm not sure there are any people who should be in that aren't other than the unresolved to date Rose and steroid users.
Very good post, and I agree with ALMOST all of it. Tiant is VERY comparable to Schilling...and still better and he didn't deserve to get in.
What I disagree with is that no one should be in that have been mentioned who aren't. Nope. Fred McGriff deserves to be in.