Schilling’s conservative pitch
For a guy who says he doesn’t care about going into the Baseball Hall of Fame, former Red Sox pitcher and noted right-wing flamethrower Curt Schilling is spending an awful lot of energy talking about the reason he won’t make it – and why he doesn’t care.
Schilling, who has made conflicting statements about whether he will or won’t challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, is thoroughly convinced it’s his outspoken political incorrectness and support for Donald Trump rather than his borderline stats that is keeping him from triumphantly sweeping into his rightful place in Cooperstown. In Schilling’s mind, all media members – news, sports, business, features, obituaries, local government – are members of a liberal cabal bent on destroying the conservative vision for restoring America’s greatness.
“I promise you, if I had said ‘Lynch Trump,’ I’d be getting in with 90 percent of the vote this year,” Schilling told TMZ.
That would be a leap, even if Schilling had Warren and President Obama in his corner. Players elected to the Hall of Fame need 75 percent of the vote from eligible members of the Baseball Writers of America. Schilling, in his fifth year of eligibility with five years to go, reached 52 percent of the vote last year after hovering in the 30-percent range in previous years. In reaching 90 percent, only the gods of the game such as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, and Hank Aaron garner that kind of support and their political leanings had nothing to do with it.
“OK, so much awesome here,” Schilling wrote before deleting the post and defending it as “sarcastic.”
For supporters of Schilling – and by extension Trump – the results, which will be unveiled Jan. 19, are just one more confirmation of anti-conservative bias in the media. But the fact Schilling can’t keep a bloody sock in it is irrelevant to most who cover the games.
Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald, an openly gay columnist who takes issue with nearly all of Schilling’s stances, said he once again cast his vote for the righty but understands why some would blanch at the prospect.
“I don’t believe these acts of boorishness preclude Schilling from being in the Hall of Fame,” Buckley wrote. “Schilling has a bloody sock and a tin ear. The former is one of the reasons he should be in the Hall of Fame, but the latter shouldn’t keep him out.”
But for others, Schilling’s tweet about lynching was the final straw. The Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, who had previously voted for Schilling, said he was invoking the nebulous “character clause” that voters are guided by in the rules and could no longer vote for “the Big Blowhard” because of his support for violence against those he disagrees with.
“Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to society,” Shaughnessy wrote. “His tweet supporting the lynching of journalists was the last straw for this voter.”
It’s doubtful, though, that the fallout from his lynching meme is the reason Schilling will not make it this year – or any year. His numbers, unlike his politics, just aren’t that clear cut.
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