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Former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling believes his political views have kept him out of the baseball Hall of Fame.
In an interview with TMZ, Schilling said the Hall of Fame voters, whom he deemed “some of the worst human beings I’ve ever known,” have weighed the “character clause” in not voting him into the Hall of Fame.
“They’re not hiding the fact that they’ve stopped voting for me because of the things I’ve said on social media,” Schilling said. “That’s their prerogative as voters.”
Schilling also said some of the voters are “scumbags,” and said the character clause is used inconsistently when considering Hall of Fame candidates. However, he said that “fair” doesn’t weigh into the vote and that he is not upset he hasn’t been voted in.
Schilling then said that if he had said “lynch Trump,” he would have received 90% of the vote to make the Hall of Fame, alluding to a shirt a voter wore at a Trump rally that suggested journalists should be lynched. Schilling called the shirt “awesome” on social media.
Schilling won two World Series during his 20-year career, posting an 11-2 postseason record and a 3.46 career ERA, making him, on paper, a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame. However, in retirement, Schilling has rankled many people with his strong conservative political views.
While Schilling doesn’t seem to be losing sleep over the vote, it doesn’t seem he’s helped his chances of getting into the Hall of Fame.