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Curt Schilling slams baseball writers after Hall of Fame rejection

Retired All-Star pitcher and conservative firebrand Curt Schilling is lashing out at ‘coward’ baseball writers after his ninth Hall of Fame rejection, and now he’s demanding to be removed from the ballot in 2022 so that his candidacy can be considered by committees comprised of former players and managers. 

‘I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,’ Schilling wrote on Facebook. ‘I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor.’

He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board ‘will consider the request at our next meeting.’ 

Schilling, a right-handed ace who won World Series titles with Boston and Arizona, finished 16 votes short of the 75 percent threshold necessary for enshrinement. He got 71.1 percent this time after coming up 20 votes shy at 70 percent last year. 

He previously accused Baseball Writers Association of America voters of being biased against him because of his conservative political beliefs. Schilling’s on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but he has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. 

On Facebook, Schilling denied being a racist without addressing any specific allegation or criticism. 

‘Even the thought of responding to claims of “nazi” or “racist” or any other term so watered down and rendered meaningless by spineless cowards who have never met me makes me ill,’ he wrote. 

Curt Schilling pictured with his wife Shonda. The conservative former pitcher has accused Hall of Fame voters of being biased against him because of his support for President Donald Trump

Curt Schilling pictured with his wife Shonda. The conservative former pitcher has accused Hall of Fame voters of being biased against him because of his support for President Donald Trump

Curt Schilling pictured with his wife Shonda. The conservative former pitcher has accused Hall of Fame voters of being biased against him because of his support for President Donald Trump

Schilling wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year's ballot. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board 'will consider the request at our next meeting'

Schilling wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year's ballot. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board 'will consider the request at our next meeting'

Schilling wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board ‘will consider the request at our next meeting’

Schilling wants his candidacy reviewed by the veterans committee, which is made of former players and managers rather than members of the Baseball Writers Association of America

Schilling wants his candidacy reviewed by the veterans committee, which is made of former players and managers rather than members of the Baseball Writers Association of America

Schilling wants his candidacy reviewed by the veterans committee, which is made of former players and managers rather than members of the Baseball Writers Association of America

Schilling, an ace right-hander and three-time World Series winner, led all recipients, falling just 16 votes shy of induction. His on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but Schilling has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. Most recently, he voiced support for the mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6

Schilling, an ace right-hander and three-time World Series winner, led all recipients, falling just 16 votes shy of induction. His on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but Schilling has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. Most recently, he voiced support for the mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6

Schilling, an ace right-hander and three-time World Series winner, led all recipients, falling just 16 votes shy of induction. His on-field accomplishments face little dispute, but Schilling has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgender people, journalists and others. Most recently, he voiced support for the mob that stormed the US Capitol on January 6

At a time when social justice movements are pushing for a broader reckoning on sexual misconduct and racial inequality, character evaluation took on an outsized role in this election cycle. While the Hall’s inductees already include racists, cheaters, philanderers and criminals, the current voting bloc has – narrowly, in many cases – taken a stand against candidates they think have insufficient integrity.

With 401 ballots returned, candidates needed 301 votes to gain election. A record 14 voters submitted blank ballots, topping the 12 sent in 2006.

Schilling – a six-time All-Star over 20 seasons with Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston – has been embroiled in controversy throughout his retirement.

He launched a video game company, 38 Studios, that went bankrupt shortly after receiving a $75 million loan guarantee from Rhode Island, then was fired as an ESPN analyst after he sent a tweet comparing Muslim extremists to Nazi-era Germans and posted a derogatory Facebook comment about transgender people.

Months later, Schilling was again criticized after using social media to applaud a T-shirt calling for journalists to be lynched.

On January 6, the day of the attack on the US Capitol, he said the following in a message on his Twitter account:

‘You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s (sic) and big screens, sit back …. and watch folks start a confrontation for s*** that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption.’

That tweet was sent a few days after Hall of Fame ballots were due.

Candidates need support from 75 percent of BBWAA voters - around 400 credentialed baseball reporters who are allowed to name as many as 10 players on their respective ballots. Those who are not approved after 10 years on the main BBWAA ballot will be considered by the Era Committees (also known as the veteran's committee), which is really three separate committees of players who have the power to enshrine candidates who are no longer eligible to be voted on by the writers. 'Former players will be the ultimate judge, as it should be,' tweeted Schilling, who has previously claimed that his support for now-former President Trump hurt him with BBWAA voters. 'I won't allow a group of morally bankrupt frauds another year to lie about my life'

Candidates need support from 75 percent of BBWAA voters - around 400 credentialed baseball reporters who are allowed to name as many as 10 players on their respective ballots. Those who are not approved after 10 years on the main BBWAA ballot will be considered by the Era Committees (also known as the veteran's committee), which is really three separate committees of players who have the power to enshrine candidates who are no longer eligible to be voted on by the writers. 'Former players will be the ultimate judge, as it should be,' tweeted Schilling, who has previously claimed that his support for now-former President Trump hurt him with BBWAA voters. 'I won't allow a group of morally bankrupt frauds another year to lie about my life'

Candidates need support from 75 percent of BBWAA voters – around 400 credentialed baseball reporters who are allowed to name as many as 10 players on their respective ballots. Those who are not approved after 10 years on the main BBWAA ballot will be considered by the Era Committees (also known as the veteran’s committee), which is really three separate committees of players who have the power to enshrine candidates who are no longer eligible to be voted on by the writers. ‘Former players will be the ultimate judge, as it should be,’ tweeted Schilling, who has previously claimed that his support for now-former President Trump hurt him with BBWAA voters. ‘I won’t allow a group of morally bankrupt frauds another year to lie about my life’

Schilling recently voiced his support for the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6

Schilling recently voiced his support for the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6

Schilling recently voiced his support for the rioters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6

Admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame, which the former Red Sox and Diamondbacks pitcher apparently objected to

Admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a 'disgrace' to the Hall of Fame, which the former Red Sox and Diamondbacks pitcher apparently objected to

Admitted steroids user Jose Canseco said inducting Schilling would be a ‘disgrace’ to the Hall of Fame, which the former Red Sox and Diamondbacks pitcher apparently objected to 

The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the Hall of Fame class of 2019 on Tuesday. However, the voting deadline was December 31, so Trump's support will not help Schilling this time around. However, he will remain eligible until 2022 

The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the Hall of Fame class of 2019 on Tuesday. However, the voting deadline was December 31, so Trump's support will not help Schilling this time around. However, he will remain eligible until 2022 

The Baseball Writers Association of America will announce the Hall of Fame class of 2019 on Tuesday. However, the voting deadline was December 31, so Trump’s support will not help Schilling this time around. However, he will remain eligible until 2022 

Curt Schilling, 52, immediately showed his gratitude to President Trump on Twitter

Curt Schilling, 52, immediately showed his gratitude to President Trump on Twitter

Curt Schilling, 52, immediately showed his gratitude to President Trump on Twitter

Schilling had worked as an analyst for ESPN, but was fired in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on Facebook (pictured)

Schilling had worked as an analyst for ESPN, but was fired in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on Facebook (pictured)

Schilling had worked as an analyst for ESPN, but was fired in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on Facebook (pictured)

Schilling wrote on Facebook that he would like the veterans committee (now known as the Eras Committee) to review his Hall case. That panel – comprised of former players, managers and others in the game, along with some writers – is tasked with evaluating players who don’t get election via the BBWAA vote. 

In his Facebook post, Schilling denied accusations of racism while appearing to reference the candidacies of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, both of whom were also rejected for the ninth time on Tuesday.

COOPERSTOWN vs. CANTON: BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL HALLS OF FAME DIFFER ON CHARACTER ISSUE

Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio is based purely on on-field achievements and contributions to the game. 

This is why former New Orleans Saints All-Pro safety and convicted rapist Darren Sharper was a Hall of Fame candidate in 2016. He was ultimately rejected. (Sharper was convicted of drugging and raping women back in 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2016)

The Baseball Hall of Fame, meanwhile, instructs voters to take into account ‘the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.’ 

Former professional football player Darren Sharper appears for his arraignment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California February 20, 2014. Sharper, a star defensive back turned television sports analyst, was charged with drugging four women and raping two of them in a LA area hotel

Former professional football player Darren Sharper appears for his arraignment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California February 20, 2014. Sharper, a star defensive back turned television sports analyst, was charged with drugging four women and raping two of them in a LA area hotel

Former professional football player Darren Sharper appears for his arraignment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, California February 20, 2014. Sharper, a star defensive back turned television sports analyst, was charged with drugging four women and raping two of them in a LA area hotel

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To be clear, character is a consideration for voters. According to the Baseball Writers Association of American, ‘voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.’

And character has clearly been weighted more heavily by voters in recent years.

Bonds (61.8 percent) and Clemens (61.6 percent) both face strong PED suspicions and were accused of using steroids in various reports, although neither ever tested positive.

Furthermore, Bonds was also accused of domestic violence and Clemens allegedly maintained a decade-long relationship with a singer who was 15 when they met.

Schilling, like many of the BBWAA voters, was quick to remember these transgressions.

‘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,’ Schilling wrote.

‘I’ve certainly been exposed to racism and sexism and homophobia as it’s part of who human beings are,’ he continued. ‘I’ve played with and talked with gay teammates. I’ve played with wife beaters, adulterers, assaulted, drug addicts and alcoholics. I’ve never hit a woman, driven drunk, done drugs, PEDs or otherwise, assaulted anyone or committed any sort of crime.’

‘But I’m now somehow in a conversation with two men who cheated, and instead of being accountable they chose to destroy others lives to protect their lie,’ he added, apparently referencing Bonds and Clemens.

‘I will always have one thing they will forever chase. A legacy. Whatever mine is as a player it will be the truth, and one I earned for better or worse.’

Social media has been debating Schilling’s candidacy for years, and those arguments reached a boiling point this week. 

Even former All-Star slugger Jose Canseco – an admitted steroids user – said inducting Schilling would be a ‘disgrace.’

Schilling, responding on Twitter, shot back: ‘Cheated your ass off and I still owned you.’

Noticeably absent from this year’s back-and-forth over Schilling’s Hall of Fame resume was Trump, who previously tweeted his support back in January of 2019. (Trump’s account was permanently suspended by Twitter for violating the platform’s ‘glorification of violence’ policy in the aftermath of the January 6 riots on the US Capitol)

‘Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame,’ Trump tweeted. ‘Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right!’

Schilling immediately showed his gratitude on Twitter: ‘Thank you Mr President! Do NOT give in on any of it! We are behind you!

The three-time World Series champion previously told Fox News’ Mark Levin that his political beliefs had hurt him with BBWAA voters. 

‘Is that because of your views?’ Levin asked in January of 2019. ‘You think it’s political?’

‘Part of it is,’ Schilling said. ‘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 poses for a photo with host Stephen K. Bannon during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon and co-host Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York

Schilling poses for a photo with host Stephen K. Bannon during SiriusXM's Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon and co-host Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York

Schilling poses for a photo with host Stephen K. Bannon during SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Patriot Forum hosted by Stephen K. Bannon and co-host Alex Marlow at the SiriusXM Studio on April 27, 2016 in New York

Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, for one, wrote that he would no longer consider Schilling when voting for the Hall of Fame.

‘Count me out on Curt Schilling,’ he wrote. ‘I shall invoke the ‘character’ clause this year. Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to society. His tweet supporting the lynching of journalists was the last straw for this voter. Curt later claimed he was joking. Swell.’

As Trump pointed out, Schilling’s postseason numbers are strong.

Not only does he boast an 11-2 postseason record with an impressive 2.23 earned-run average, but he also factored into historic wins over the New York Yankees.

First he and left-hander Randy Johnson earned Co-MVP honors as the Arizona Diamondbacks upset the heavily favored Yankees in the 2001 World Series. After getting traded to Boston before the 2004 season, Schilling famously recovered from ankle surgery and pitched the Red Sox to a Game 6 ALCS victory in New York as a visible pool of blood started to soak his sock. 

The Red Sox would complete the seven-game series win, becoming the first Major League team to ever overcome a 3-0 series deficit. Schilling ultimately won two World Series titles in Boston (2004, 2008).

He also led the National League in strikeouts twice as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. 

Source: Daily Mail |World News

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