Three-time World Series champion Curt Schilling’s stats as a pitcher should be more than enough to get him elected to the Hall of Fame, BUT life in post-Obama America is more complicated than that.
In addition to being a great clutch pitcher, Schilling has conservative political beliefs. Worse than that, in the eyes of the left, he’s outspoken about those beliefs. Far worse than that, the former MLB player is a fan of President Donald Trump.
Schilling’s chances are reportedly taking a further hit because of a tweet posted Jan. 6, slamming those critical of the protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol — he would also rip the Black Lives Matter riots, which the liberal media sees as nothing short of sacrilege.
Schilling tweeted: “You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for sh** that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption.”
You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens, sit back, stfu, and watch folks start a confrontation for shit that matters like rights, democracy and the end of govt corruption. #itshappening
— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) January 7, 2021
Oh, and there was that time he tweeted a photo of a man wearing a T-shirt that read: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required.”
thanks curt pic.twitter.com/rUEQOrOcAB
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) November 8, 2016
On Tuesday, the Baseball Hall of Fame is set to announce results of the most recent election, with controversial players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Schilling on the ballot — the New York Post reported that no player is expected to be voted in this year.
(Bonds and Clemens both have ties to performance-enhancing drugs.)
Some members of the Baseball Writers Association of America reportedly asked to amend their ballots to leave Schilling off after the tweet, according to Forbes, which called Schilling a “QAnon believer.”
In the eyes of those who disagree with Schillings’ political views, he falls short of the “integrity” and “character” clauses mentioned in the official HOF voting guidelines.
The guidelines state: “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.”
But those stats.
If you truly know baseball, there is simply no way you can justify denying Curt Schilling a spot in the Hall of Fame.
3 x World Series Champion
1993 NLCS MVP
2001 World Series MVP
19 career postseason starts: 11-2, 2.23 ERA in 133.1 inn.
— Brandon Tierney 🎤 (@BrandonTierney) January 26, 2021
Of course, if the former player was a strong Black Lives Matter advocate that would surely boost his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame. But, alas, Schilling backed the wrong revolution.
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
Hate to break it to you, but rhetoric can’t keep anyone out of the Hall. Only voters can do that. Unfortunately, it looks like enough spiteful baseball writers are gonna do that to Schilling, the best postseason pitcher ever. Curt has no chance on the new purity test https://t.co/yx0h0V5SWh
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) January 26, 2021
“Inflammatory rhetoric” at the Globe means voting Republican or actually loving America regardless who is in the White House https://t.co/dX2ivDGn8f
— Obnoxious Boston Fan (@realOBF) January 26, 2021
Schilling is a Hall of Fame pitcher. He would be in already if he’d just kept his mouth shut. https://t.co/6OGFTQLR57
— David B. Larter (@DavidLarter) January 26, 2021
If he went out looting, stealing and burning down cities this summer he would have improved his chances of getting into the HOF.
— str8shootah (@str8truther) January 26, 2021
Its the BASEBALL Hall of Fame not the Liberal Hall of Fame. If he bashed Trump and kissed Hillarys ass he’d be a First Ballot HOF.
— Lucas Jackson (@37LucasJackson) January 26, 2021
Yes they can. They will keep him out on the character clause because he’s an outspoken Republican. Which as we know is one level up from the Manson family. They should just pass a rule that Republican players are no longer eligible. Schilling absolutely is a HOF player!!
— M Martin Powell (@PDawgPondering) January 26, 2021
The writers have always hated on him. It’s ridiculous how they flex their vote against him bc of his outspoken political views. They’re supposed to be impartial and judge him on what he’s done on the field.
— Vinny (@VinnyC85) January 26, 2021
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