Originally Posted by Slopho
I never said they weren't in. IMO Schilling falls short of what a HOF pitcher should be. Pedro will go in on the first ballot, but not Schilling. Besides, I'm sure most people in here don't even have Schilling in their top 10 pitchers of this generation - 1980 - 2008
Clemens Maddux Pedro Big Unit . . . Then what 6 guys left are better than Schilling? Santana maybe, it's a little early. Nolan Ryan, I guess, though his career started in the 60's and he's a bit overrated. Mussina? Blyleven (I like him more than Schilling but most of his best years were in the 70's). Seaver (all time great but mostly before '80.) Who am I forgetting? Carlton, yes, though again with the pre 1980 thing. The 29 season span you chose is not really one generation, but two. I think that Schilling might be the clear #5 of his
generation. edit: I forgot Glavine and Smoltz - they're Schilling's equals in my eyes, though I think Schilling edges both of them out if I'm forced to choose. I'd pick Smoltz over Schilling for one game though - two of the best clutch pitchers ever. Also forgot Roy Halladay, though he's a few years away from topping Schilling, he very well could at the rate he's going.