Trump steps up to the plate for baseball legend Curt Schilling

President Donald Trump stepped to the plate for former Boston Red Sox star pitcher Curt Schilling, calling on the player to be elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Trump tweeted Sunday night: “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!”

Schilling is a three-time World Series champion with a 216-146 career record, and he told Fox News’ Mark Levin on Sunday that he’s not being voted into the Hall of Fame in part, because of his conservative beliefs — he’s also a big Trump supporter.

It certainly doesn’t help matters that he hosts a morning radio show for Breitbart News.

“Is that because of your views?” Levin asked of being snubbed thus far. “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.’”

More from NJ.com on Schilling’s impressive career:

Schilling is in his seventh year on the Hall of Fame ballot. With more than 200 votes already counted, Schilling is listed on 71% of the ballots. But 75% is needed for induction.

Schilling’s Hall-of-Fame case is built upon his success in the postseason. He went 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason appearances, leading the Diamondbacks to victory over the Yankees in the 2001 World Series and snapping the “Curse of the Bambino” for the Red Sox in 2004. That supplements a 20-year career which saw Schilling win 216 games. He was a six-time All-Star and finished second in Cy Young Award voting three times.

 

Schilling has had his share of controversies, as seen in 2015 when ESPN announced that they were suspending Schilling for posting a meme on social media comparing radical Islamists to Nazis.

He also took heat for dissing on Hillary Clinton in 2016, amid all the controversy over her private email server.

“If she’s allowed to get to the general election before she’s in prison, I’ll be stunned and upset,” he said in a radio interview.

The legendary player was quick to embrace Trump’s support, responding with a tweet of his own.

“Thank you Mr President! Do NOT give in on any of it! We are behind you!” tweeted the former player.

Levin weighed in as well, tweeting: “I agree, Mr. President. Curt Schilling should be a member of the baseball Hall of Fame.”

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