Former Phillies on 2015 HOF Ballot
Aug 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies wall of fame inductee Curt Schilling shakes hands with the Phillie Phanatic during the 2013 Philadelphia Phillies wall of fame induction ceremony prior to playing the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
As far as former Philadelphia Phillies are concerned, there are three pitchers who just might be headed to Cooperstown in 2015.
Curt Schilling will have another shot to get in after receiving just a 29.2 election percentage in 2014, down from 38.8% in 2013. The requirement to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame is a 75% vote or higher.
Schilling, a winner of 216 games over 20 years, spent nine seasons with the Phillies. With Philadelphia, Schilling got three of his six career All-Star nods and was the 1993 NLCS MVP before going 1-1 in the World Series the same year. Although he was solid with the Phillies, the right-hander is best known for his time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. With Arizona, Schilling won his first World Series ring before getting two in Boston.
Pedro Martinez is on the HOF ballot for the first time. Martinez started nine games for the Phillies in 2009, going 5-1 in that time. The three-time Cy Young Award winner went 0-2 in the 2009 postseason with Philadelphia. The Phillies were the fifth and final team Martinez played for before retiring.
Like Martinez, Tom Gordon is a first-timer on the ballot. Gordon, commonly known as “Flash,” spent three seasons as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, going 11-10 in 137 relief appearances. In 2006, at the age of 37, Gordon was an All-Star with the Phillies. He also appeared in the 2007 NLDS with the Phils, throwing two innings of relief in as many games with four strikeouts.
Pitchers Randy Johnson and John Smoltz also headline those in their first year on the ballot. Craig Biggio received the most votes among those not to make the Hall in 2014.