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Curt Schilling's Hall of Fame vote total rebounds after sharp fall

Alex Reimer
January 25, 2018 - 8:33 am

Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame support plummeted last year, just months after he had endorsed a shirt that advocates lynching journalists. Some voters who previously backed his candidacy denounced the right-hander, including the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, who called Schilling a “menace to society.” In 2017, Schilling received just 45 percent of the Hall of Fame vote, down more than seven points from the previous year. 

But this year, Schilling saw his number climb again. Schilling received 51.2 percent of the vote, which is roughly where he was in 2016. With four years left on the ballot, it appears as if Schilling once again has a realistic chance to be inducted. 

According to the numbers, Schilling is a Hall of Fame hurler. He owns the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.38) among modern pitchers with at least 3,000 innings. His 3,116 career strikeouts rank 15th all-time, just ahead of Hall of Famer John Smoltz. Schilling also led the league in wins twice (216 lifetime), WHIP twice and strikeouts twice. His sterling playoff track record –– 11-2 with a 2.23 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and two rings –– propels him above most of his peers. 

Interestingly enough, Mike Mussina, whom is often considered one of Schilling’s best statistical comparisons, garnered 63.5 percent of the vote this time around. 

There are lots of unsavory characters in the Hall of Fame. Though some left-leaning voters may find Schilling’s political views to be grotesque, that’s not a reason to withhold support. He was one of the best pitchers of his era, and thus should be inducted.

Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Trevor Hoffman all cleared the 75-percent threshold Wednesday and will have their plaques placed in Cooperstown this summer. Edgar Martinez fell just short with 70.4 percent of the vote.

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds received 57.3 percent and 56.4 percent of the vote, respectively. 

The full Hall of Fame voting results can be seen here

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