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Form MLB starting jug Curt Schilling has asked the Baseball Hall of Fame to remove him from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s induction ballot in Cooperstown before his final year of qualifying.
“I will not run in the last voting year,” Schilling wrote in part. “I ask to be removed from the ballot. I refer to the Veterans Committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are able to judge a player.”
Schilling received 71.1 percent of BBWAA nerd votes, only shy of the 75 percent needed for induction. No player received more votes than Schilling, but there will be no Hall of Fame class in 2021 after all qualified candidates failed to hit the target.
Schilling also added these comments on Twitter:
There is no doubt that Schilling has written a Hall of Fame career on paper. The six-time All-Star finished second in the American or National League Cy Young who voted three times, winning three World Series.
He was exceptional in the playoffs, going 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 19 appearances. Schilling allowed two or fewer earned races in 16 of 19 playoff starts.
There is a precedent for someone asking for him to be removed from the ballot paper. Emma Baccellieri av Sports Illustrated noted former players’ union leader Marvin Miller wanted to be removed, but he was not:
Schilling’s opinions and actions–especially and recently his apparent support for the pro-Donald Trump mob that invaded the Capitol on Jan. 6–has provoked a lot of negative reaction, and it has affected his Hall candidacy.
As Chris Russo of SiriusXM Radio noted on MLB Network in his televised Hall of Fame special on Tuesday, Schilling may have spoken out of the hall.
Dan Shaughnessy of Boston Globe, who did not vote for Schilling, explained the case against the former Boston Red Sox pitcher while also recounting some of his more notable (and offensive) comments and actions:
Curt Schilling would help himself if he stopped hating and claimed he was punished by voters from the Baseball Hall of Fame for his “politics”. Supports a racist mob that stormed the Capitol is not ‘political’. A spokesman for lynching journalists, calling Adam Jones a liar when he said he heard racist abuse at Fenway Park, and Rhode Island out of $ 75 million, collect Nazi memoriesand post antitransgender material … these are not ‘political’ stands.
“Mariano Rivera is a Donald Trump supporter and he sailed unanimously into the Hall of Fame.”
“I voted for Schilling, as I have done in previous years. And if I filled out the ballot today, I would vote for him again, despite his apparent support for the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6, which seems like a gross misunderstanding. of the first change, open hostility to much of the news media (especially sports) and all the generally stupid things he taps from his Twitter account and other platforms.
“The reason is pretty straightforward: Six All-Star seasons, three Cy Young runners-up, the best strike-to-go speed of anyone with 3,000 strikes, a good ERA in a time of high-stakes, a major war, more than 200 victories, three World Series rings, a fourth World Series appearance and a career post-season record for the ages: 11-2, 2.23 ERA in 19 starts (averaging seven innings per start). “
Players are eligible for potential induction into the Hall of Fame five years after they officially retire. They are then eligible for assessment for Hall induction for a five-year period.
The old rule was 10 years after retirement, but that was changed in 2014. Schilling retired in 2007, but the hall grandfather him and other candidates who were eligible for 10 years of treatment.
It would mark 2022 as Schilling’s last possible year for inclusion via BBWAA, but as Schilling noted in the letter, he can still come in via Era Committee, which consists of four separate groups (each representing a different baseball era) that vote in players who are no longer qualified for the hall via the BBWAA ballot, as well as non-playing personnel.
Schilling would need induction from the “Today’s Game” Committee, which evaluates players from 1988 onwards. This group will meet next in the calendar year 2022 for potential inclusion for the Hall class in 2023.