Famed Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling has once again been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame, after inductees were announced for 2019.
The Baseball Writers Association of America released the results of its annual vote for players to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, Ohio. This year the association announced that pitchers Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, and Mike Mussina, and designated hitter Edgar Martinez were to be included in the gallery of the best players in baseball history.
The voting was notable in that Rivera received 100 percent of the vote, the first player to ever earn that honor.
“Beyond my imagination,” Rivera said of receiving the first ever unanimous vote.
But the latest slate of inductees is notable for another thing that seems to have become an annual result: Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was again left out by the Baseball Writers Association.
Schilling retired in 2009 after 20 seasons in the pros. The storied pitcher ended his career with a 216–146 record, a 3.46 ERA and 3116 strikeouts, the 15th highest strikeout total in Major League history. Schilling is also a three-time World Series champion and one-time World Series MVP. Yet he has been systematically shunned by liberal sportswriters tasked with voting for new members into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Schilling has said in years past that he feels certain that he has been constantly ignored because the liberal baseball writers don’t like his outspoken political views.
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Mark Levin, Schilling said that part of the reason for his yearly snub is his politics. “I mean, it’s not a guess. People that have not voted for me specifically because of the things I’ve said or did, they’ve said it. They’ve come out and said, ‘I can’t vote for him because of what he said and what he did.'”
Schilling also insisted that the writers responsible for voting in new inductees have cast him in among Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, players who have been tainted by performance-enhancing drug abuse scandals.
“They are equating me and something they think I’ve done or said with guys who willingly [cheated],” Schilling told Levin.
Indeed, one sports writer who votes in the Hall of Fame process seemed to admit that some sports writers do hold Schilling’s politics against him.
Forbes sports columnist, Barry M. Bloom, penned a piece in December saying that he finally voted for Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling for inclusion into the Baseball Hall of Fame, despite calling the famed “bloody sock” pitcher a “right-wing, reactionary, demagogue.”
Schilling did get a big boost in voting percentage this year.
Another substantive leap: Curt Schilling, who went from 51.2 percent last year to 60.9 percent this year. Like Bonds and Clemens, he's got three years left to reach 75 percent, and they're all bunched in the 60 percent neighborhood.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 22, 2019
President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for adding Schilling to the Hall of Fame on Sunday:
Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right! @marklevinshow
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019
Meanwhile, Schilling continues to fight for the views he holds dear while hosting The Curt Schilling Podcast, for Breitbart.
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