Curt Schilling will be undergoing season ending shoulder surgery that perhaps will end his career. If it's the last we've seen of Curt, he has left an indelible mark on the game. If he's not a Hall of Famer, he will not be remembered any less for it. The Bloody Sock Game is the kind of thing that goes down in baseball lore. My son will hear the stories and ask me about it. I will not miss his right-wing blogging or his diarrhea of the mouth, but I don't care about that sort of thing very much when watching sports. I appreciated his toughness game in and game out. That's all that matters.
His retirement will certainly arouse a lot of debate about his HOF status. His career is full of statistical almosts. He finished second in the Cy Young voting three times, twice losing to teammate Randy Johnson. He is two strikeouts short of 3,000. He was one out short of a no-hitter last season. But his playoff performances beg the question, how much should that be considered in HOF voting? He was lights out in playoff runs with the Sox and D'Backs, winning World Series Co-MVP with Arizona.
When one takes that into the equation and adds in the fact that he won 216 games with an ERA under three and a half in a steroid-addled, offensive explosion era, I think he should at least be in the conversation for the HOF. I myself am not certain which way I would go.