Curt Schilling, a three-time World Series champ, fell 16 votes shy of the 75% mark that would have made him a Hall of Famer this year. Schilling will have another opportunity next year to make it to Cooperstown, however the former ace for the Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox wants his name removed from the tally.
On Tuesday after when again falling short of enshrinement, Schilling shared a letter on his Facebook saying that he will not take part in the last year of voting.
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In response to Schilling, Baseball Writers’ Association of America [BBWAA] secretary/treasurer Jack O’Connell released a declaration on Wednesday, stating that they will “urge” the Hall of Fame to keep Schilling on the ballot.
” It is the position of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America that Mr. Schilling’s demand to remove himself from the ballot is an offense of the guidelines set forth by the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors, who have actually commissioned the BBWAA to conduct the yearly elections, specifically the following: ‘The responsibility of the Screening Committee will be to prepare a ballot listing in alphabetical order qualified prospects who (1) got a vote on a minimum of five percent (5%) of the tallies cast in the preceding election or (2) are eligible for the very first time and are chosen by any 2 of the six members of the BBWAA Screening Committee.’
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” Mr. Schilling has actually fulfilled both of those requirements and should remain on the tally for factor to consider by the voting body for what would be his last year on the BBWAA tally in 2022.
” The Hall of Fame assigned the BBWAA to be the electorate in1936 This association has followed the rules for 85 years and will continue to do so. The BBWAA advises the board to turn down Mr. Schilling’s demand.”
Schilling pitched for 20 MLB seasons, had 216 profession wins, with a 3.46 ERA, and 3,116 strikeouts. He finished second in the Cy Young voting 3 separate times.
Schilling is most-remembered for pitching Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS versus the New York Yankees with a bloody sock, which derived from an ankle tendon injury, and the bloody sock was a byproduct of the stitches pushing versus his tendon. The Red Sox wound up winning the game, and ultimately put an end to their 86- year wait on a World Series title.
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Ever since Schilling retired from baseball as a player, he’s been surrounded by debate.
First, he was suspended from ESPN while at the Little League World Series after he sent out a tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazi-era Germans. He was ultimately fired from the network after he made a talk about his Facebook concerning transgender people.
When people assaulted the US Capitol a couple of weeks back, Schilling right away took his thoughts to Twitter relating to the subject.
” You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal garbage looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and cinemas, sit back … and watch folks start a confrontation for (curse) that matters like rights, democracy and completion of govt corruption,” Schilling wrote at the time.
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Schilling added in his Facebook post regarding the Hall of Fame that he’s “at peace.”
” In my 22 years playing expert baseball in the most culturally varied locker rooms in sports I’ve never ever said or acted in any capability other than being a good colleague,” Schilling wrote. “I have actually definitely been exposed to bigotry and sexism and homophobia as it’s part of who human beings are. I’ve played with and talked with gay teammates. I have actually had fun with wife beaters, adulterers, attacked, drug addicts and alcoholics. I’ve never ever struck a woman, driven drunk, done drugs, PEDs or otherwise, assaulted anyone or committed any sort of criminal activity.
” But I’m now in some way in a conversation with 2 men who cheated, and instead of being liable they chose to damage others lives to secure their lie.”
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Schilling continued: “I will always have one thing they will permanently chase after. A tradition. Whatever mine is as a gamer it will be the reality, and one I made for much better or even worse.
” Having stated all that the media has produced a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed. It is among the important things that has actually enabled me to sleep during the night. Not an ounce of that is to absolve myself of sin, Lord understands I have actually committed my share and will do so again. Never harmful, never to willfully or intentionally hurt another person. I was 100% accountable and still am.”