Originally Posted by Slopho
Nope, he a very good player but he has as many wins as Andy Petite. He has 3 20 win seasons, I'd like to see 5 or more. He falls just short IMO.
Number of wins is a shitty measure of pitchers' accomplishpment, especially in this case. Petite spent all but 2,3 seasons of his career with the automatic-95-wins-a-season Yankees (not that the Rockets fared much worse when Petite played for them), while Schilling spent at least half of his career away from the winning environments of early 00s D-backs and Red Sox.
Schilling didn't win a Cy Young, but came dangerously close multiple times: second in 2004 to Johan Santana; second to teammate Randy Johnson in 2001 and 2002, and fourth in 1997 to Pedro Martinez. All of those winning pitchers had incredible seasons, by any standards, during those years.
And then, the numerous heroic playoff performance.