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Curt Schilling on BBWAA ballot for final time

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

Announcement of the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame class onJanuary 25, USA TODAY Sports will break down the candidacies a few of the most prominent players onThe ballot. 

Right-hander Curt Schilling has never shied away from the spotlight – throughout his 20-year major league career or in retirement.

He was a strong leader of the team, a frequent sparring partner in the media, and a bigger-than-life personality, especially during the postseason.

He was one of the greatest pitchers his generation. Schilling’s greatest barrier to Cooperstown may be his public persona since his playing days ended. Many voters have invoked the Hall of Fame’s “character clause” – consciously or otherwise – to keep SchillingFrom reaching 75% of the vote for induction.

This is his 10th anniversary. finalYear onThe ballot.

The case for 

A six-month commitmenttimeAll-Star, three-startimeWorld Series champion Schilling won 216 regular-season games and racked up 3,116 career strikeouts – trailing only 13 Hall of Famers and Roger Clemens.

He was also one history’s greatest postseason pitchers, with a 11-2 record and 2.23 ERA over 19 career playoff starts. He was co-MVP in the 2001 World Series. However, his most memorable moment came during the 2004 AL Championship series. He tossed seven innings against the New York Yankees and despite having torn ligaments in his ankle.

The case against 

Schilling didn’t become a full-timeFrom the beginning of his fifth season in majors, he was a starter. As a result, his win total doesn’t quite rise to the level of his contemporaries already in the Hall, especially considering he never won a Cy Young award (though he did finish as the runner-up three times).

The question many voters have isn’t with his qualifications as a player, but with his personality and politics. The Hall of Fame’s character clause comes up frequently in regard to Schilling’s post-career actions, comments and social media posts. He hasn’t been shy about fanning these flames either.

Last year, when he lost by 16 votes to get elected, SchillingIn his request to be taken out of the Hall of Fame consideration, finalYear of eligibility. He wrote an open letter to the Hall expressing his views, which might have led voters to lump him with Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, who have vast statistical cases. for the Hall of Fame yet are strongly tied to performance-enhancing drug use.

Voting trends

Many BBWAAVoters seem to honor Schilling’s request, judging from this year’s preliminary voting results. Of the 152 public ballots on Ryan Thibodaux’s online tracker, Schilling’s support has dropped 11 percentage points from last year to 59.6% (as of 1/10).

  • 2013: 38.8%
  • 2014: 29.2%
  • 2015: 39.2%
  • 2016: 52.3%
  • 2017: 45.0%
  • 2018: 51.2%
  • 2019: 60.9%
  • 2020: 70.0%
  • 2021: 71.1%

Overall outlook

The players in their finalYear onThe ballotThe voters tend to be more interested in the candidates. Some voters have been as close to the polls as SchillingHe has been in the top 1% for the past two seasons. However, it appears he’s going to be an exception to the rule.

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Schilling said himself he’d rather not be judged by the writers, but by the former players and historians who make up the Hall’s Era Committees. He believes that this is the best route to Cooperstown.