Curt Schilling, once again, didn’t get the necessary 75 percent of the vote to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week, after being on the ballot for the past seven years. While the guy finished his MLB career with 216 wins to 146 losses, three World Series titles and a postseason record of 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA, the hard-throwing righty has yet to get that call to tell him he’s a Hall of Famer.
Although Schilling has seen a 15.9 percent increase in votes over the past three years — from 45.0 percent in 2017 to 51.2 percent in 2018 to 60.9 this year — the guy has a theory as to why he’s not been inducted into Cooperstown yet. And it’s because “the left” is preventing the outspoken political conservative from getting in.
Speaking with WEEI today, Curt Schilling believes that “the left” has perceived him to be a racist, and that’s the reason why people aren’t giving him enough votes to reach the Hall of Fame. Here’s what he had to say, per NBC Sports.
“We’re at a point in time now where the left has managed to marginalize me in the media,”Schilling said on the “Mut and Callahan”show. “It’s weird. People dismiss me out of hand as a racist. I’ve never said a racist word in my life.”
“That [political views] certainly has played a part in all this, and the only reason I say that is because people have said as much, voters,” Schilling said. “It is what it is.”
While Curt Schilling may sound bitter about all this, he might have a point. For instance, one of this year’s Hall of Fame class members, Mike Mussina, doesn’t necessarily have any stronger numbers than Schilling. Mussina, a five-time All-Star, won 270 games in 18 MLB seasons, but never won a World Series. Plus, Schilling had more memorable postseason moments, so something does smell fishy.
During his appearance with WEEI, Curt Schilling specifically called out Dan Shaughnessy of The Boston Globe, saying he’s one of the voters holding the pitcher’s political views against him when it comes to Cooperstown. Shaughnessy later called into the show to defend his vote, saying he thinks Schilling’s a “a bubble candidate,” while also admitting that it might be best for the former pitcher to take a break from all the political talk, per NBC Sports.
“Curt’s character is not helping his cause with me,” Shaughnessy said. “Curt’s gotta stop that it’s all because of his politics. He’s very much a bubble candidate. He’s 11-2 in the postseason. I’d certainly give him the ball ahead of Mussina [whom Shaughnessy said he didn’t vote for].”
Shaughnessy said if Schilling took a break from political commentary, it may boost his chances.
“If he went and stood in the corner for a year, it might help him with some of the writers,” Schilling said.
True or not, Curt Schilling slamming “the left” for not being a Hall of Famer sounds like another crazy rant by the guy, who has long-been linked to saying absurd things on Twitter and in the media. To echo Dan Shaughnessy, if Schill really wants to give himself a realistic chance at reaching Cooperstown, he should tone it down a bit and stop creating enemies with voters.