Curt Schilling likely won’t be voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and the ex-Phillie says it all comes down to his support of President-elect Donald Trump.
“I promise you, if I had said, ‘Lynch Trump,’ I’d be getting in with about 90 percent of the vote,” the former pitcher recently said in a TMZ interview.
Schilling told the celebrity gossip site that Hall of Fame voters are “not hiding the fact that they’ve stopped voting for me because of the things I’ve said on social media.” The Phillies alum is an outspoken conservative who has shown support for Trump online over the past year, including an endorsement in May.
Most recently, the All-Star pitcher posted a photo of a T-shirt advocating for the lynching of journalists. Schilling lost his job as a commentator at ESPN in April in part because of his presence on social media, including a viral posting that mocked transgender individuals.
“There are some of the worst human beings I’ve ever known voting,” Schilling told TMZ about Hall of Fame voters. “There are scumbags.”
As CBS Sports reports, Schilling has received about 55 percent of the vote, according to a public ballot tracker focused on the Hall. Candidates need 75 percent to be inducted, so as the tallying of votes nears an end, Schilling’s inclusion in the list of new inductees on Jan. 18 seems unlikely.
In his first four years on the ballot, Schilling received 38.8 percent of the vote in 2013, 29.2 percent in 2014, 39.2 percent in 2015, and 52.3 percent last year, according to baseball-reference.com.
Schilling spent 20 years in the MLB, and took home three championships — one with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and two with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He played for the Phillies from 1992 to 2000 and was part of the beloved 1993 Phillies squad. The former pitcher wrapped up his career in 2007 with more than 3,000 career strikeouts and a 3.46 ERA.
With that type of experience, many might consider Schilling an obvious choice for the Hall. However, as Schilling told TMZ, life is not always fair.
“Fair doesn’t enter into it," Schilling said. "My dad told me, ‘When you turn 18 and leave the house, the word fair goes out the window.’ The world’s not going to treat you fair."