In the wake of #38′s retirement, Jason compares the Hall of Fame candidacies of Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling.
I haven’t analyzed it — mostly because I have close to zero in the way of analysis skills — but I tend to think that they’re both Hall-worthy, with Schilling being the better player overall. His peak years were better than Moose’s, his strikeout and ERA advantage likely made a big difference in how his teams had to use bullpens, etc.
My guess is that the voters will come to the same conclusion (i.e. Schilling before Mussina) but may base it more on bloody socks, straight talk, and an unfair degradation of Mussina’s postseason record. Which leads to the “is it OK to do the right thing for the wrong reasons” conversation, but I’m too medicated to tackle that at the moment.