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BBWAA: Hall of Fame must keep Curt Schilling on Hall of Fame ballot

  • January 27, 2021

touts his transphobic, Islamophobic and now seditious viewsSchilling received 71% of the vote in results released Tuesday evening, falling 16 votes shy of the necessary 75% for induction. Minutes later, he posted to his Facebook page a letter he sent the Hall of Fame requesting he be removed from the ballot in 2022 – his 10th and last year of consideration by the BBWAA.

“The media has created a Curt Schilling that does not and has never existed,” he said, expressing disgust that his borderline Hall case is seemingly in the same category as likely steroid users Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who will also appear for the last time in 2022.

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Yet BBWAA secretary and treasurer Jack O’Connell said in a statement Wednesday that removing Schilling from the ballot now would violate the bylaws set by the BBWAA and Hall, since Schilling has easily received more than the 5% necessary to remain on the ballot.

re-posting a transphobic meme online, has expressed support for the lynching of journalists and, most recently, loudly endorsed the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol that left five people dead and more than 500 facing prosecution.

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