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Curt Schilling joins ESPN's Sunday night booth

CURT SCHILLING Year on ballot: 3rd Pros -

CURT SCHILLING
Year on ballot: 3rd

Pros
- Six-time All-Star
- Led NL in wins in 2001 (22) and AL in wins in 2004 (21)
- Led NL in strikeouts in 1997 (319) and 1998 (300)
- Finished 2nd in Cy Young voting in 2001, 2002 and 2004
- Won 20-plus games three times
- 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts
- Won two World Series (2001 MVP)
- 3,116 strikeouts (15th all-time)

Cons
- Never won a Cy Young award
- 216-146 career record in 20 seasons

Best HOF vote: 2013 (38.8%)
(Credit: AP)

It would have surprised no one during Curt Schilling’s playing career to learn someday the quotable pitcher would be a TV analyst, but Schilling said he never thought about that – or any other post-playing task – before retiring.

Now he will assume one of the most visible positions in baseball media, succeeding Orel Hershiser alongside Dan Shulman and John Kurk on ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball.’’ (Hershiser is bound for the Dodgers’ new channel, the Los Angeles Times reported.)

“It’s something I’m ready for,’’ Schilling said, even though he primarily has been a studio analyst for ESPN since 2010 and has worked fewer than 10 games in a booth – “enough to understand the process and know that if I put the time and effort in, I think I can be good at it.’’

Schilling said the challenge is that “everything has to happen in very small windows of time, and for someone who talks as much as I do, that’s a bit of a challenge.’’

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