Schilling requests to be removed from HOF ballot going forward

Schilling requests to be removed from HOF ballot going forward

In a letter he posted to Facebook on Tuesday, the former pitching great told the Baseball Hall of Fame that he wants to be off the ballot next year. The Hall's Board of Directors shouldn't get to decide, either. "On Jan. 6, hours after the deadly riot at the Capitol, Schilling tweeted his support for it. Voting for the Hall had already closed by then, though Schilling's words sparked a late effort to allow some voters to withdraw their votes, something that the Hall rejected".

Former Brooklyn Dodgers great and Mets skipper Gil Hodges is the only player in Major League Baseball history to receive over 50 percent of BBWAA votes in a single year and pass through the 15-or-10 year voting window without gaining induction.

Nothing in the rules says the candidates or the Hall itself can override those two avenues, so the discussion.

Clay and Schilling both believe that Schilling would be in the Hall of Fame if he had never made a single political comment, and that is a huge issue to both. "I don't think I'm a Hall of Famer as I've often stated but if former players think I am then I'll accept that with honour". "I know math and I know trends and I know I will not attain the 75% threshold for induction".

Writers have been reluctant to put him on their ballot because of it all. snubbing him for the 9th-straight year on Tuesday. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement the board "will consider the request at our next meeting". "I will not participate in the final year of voting". Schilling was followed by all-time home run leader Barry Bonds (61.8 percent) and 354-game victor Roger Clemens (61.6) in the voting. Those people who stood there asking the questions KNOW what they are claiming is untrue yet they quote, re-quote and link to one another story after story that began as lies and grew into bigger ones.

"It's all right, the game doesn't owe me anything", Schilling said during a live video stream on his Twitter account. "It gave a billion more times than it took and I'll forever be deeply in debt to it".

2022 will not only be the final year of eligibility for Schilling, Bonds and Clemens, but three of the most accomplished Phillies ever - Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard and Jonathan Papelbon - will appear on the ballot for the first time ever. During the period of 1958 to 1960, only Zack Wheat (1959) was selected.

The empty Class of 2021 doesn't mean there won't be a celebration in Cooperstown, New York this summer. Because the pandemic forced the postponement of the 2020 ceremony, last year's quartet of selectees will be honored this July.

This is just the ninth time that the BBWAA did not elect any players.

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