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Curt Schilling tells Hall of Fame to remove him from ballot: ‘Media created a Curt Schilling that does not exist’

  • January 27, 2021

narrowly missed election to the Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, getting named on 71.1% of 301 ballots, just 16 votes shy of the 75% required for induction.

It was Schilling’s ninth year of eligibility, and his vote share has nearly doubled since receiving 38.8% in 2013.

But Schilling’s upward trend in voting – not atypical for players whose statistical cases are shy of automatic – has come as his off-field conduct and apparent belief system has angered supporters. Schilling was fired from his role on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2016 after posting an anti-transgender meme to his Facebook page.

HALL OF FAME: Nobody voted in for first time since 2013

In recent years, he has aligned with far-right extremists such as former President Trump advisor Steve Bannon, expressed support for a meme that read “Rope. Tree. Journalist,” and wondered aloud whether Muslims may be as dangerous as Nazis.

tweeted strident support for the group that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to overturn election results.

“sit back [shut up] and watch folks start a confrontation for [expletive] that matters like rights, democracy and the end of [government] corruption. #itshappening,” Schilling tweeted, in part.

Ballots for the 2021 election had to be postmarked Dec. 31, meaning Tuesday’s results did not reflect any potential blowback from his remarks on the Capitol attack, during which five people died.

His letter to the Hall suggested he was offended that his personal views might cost him support and lump him in with Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, who have slam-dunk statistical cases for the Hall of Fame yet are strongly tied to performance-enhancing drug use.

Curt Schilling was 16 votes shy in 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame voting.

Like Schilling, they are in their ninth and penultimate year on the ballot, logging 61.8% (Bonds) and 61.6% (Clemens).

A record 14 blank ballots were submitted, according to the Hall of Fame, which is a form of protest vote voters have used in the past to suppress candidacies.

Voting is conducted by 10-year members of the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America.

“Nothing, zero, none of the claims being made by any of the writers hold merit,” Schilling wrote in his message. “In my 22 years playing professional baseball in the most culturally diverse locker rooms in sports I’ve never said or acted in any capacity other than being a good teammate.

died in 2012; he was elected by the Today’s Game committee in December 2019 and will be enshrined this July.

Schilling won 216 games in his career, his 3,116 strikeouts and peripheral stats buttressing his candidacy. He also won 11 postseason games, winning World Series in 2001, 2004 and 2007.

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