Schilling belongs in Hall, Hoffman doesn't ... and it's not close

Trevor Hoffman is up for Baseball Hall of Fame induction for the first time, while Curt Schilling is in his fourth year. USA TODAY Sports

Trevor Hoffman's Hall of Fame candidacy comes down primarily to one number: his career saves total. If you think that number tells us something about a player's value or production, then you think he's a Hall of Famer. If you, like me, view saves as a junk stat, and their accumulation as a function more of context and managerial decisions than player performance, you probably don't think he's a Hall of Famer. But I'd like to delve a bit more into why I don't think Hoffman or other comparable relievers (such as Billy Wagner, whose career innings pitched total is lower than any pitcher in the Hall) belong.