Curt Schilling called out the Red Sox in his letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
When the dust settled on Tuesday night, nobody was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, we did see some guys take notable jumps, like Scott Rolen, who saw almost an 18% increase, and Todd Helton, who saw over a 15% increase.
The closest to election in this cycle was Curt Schilling, who received a shade over 71% of the vote, just 4% short of the required 75%. And that appears to be the end of the road for the controversial former big leaguer, who’s been the subject of unsavory character discussions during the voting process, mostly due to his behavior on social media before, during and after the attack on the United States Capitol building a few weeks back.
Schilling sent a letter to the Baseball Hall of Fame requesting he be removed from the ballot in his final year of eligibility in 2022 due to all the “slander” he’s endured, and he posted it on Facebook during the 2021 class’ announcement (or lack thereof). An interesting nugget, however, is the fact that he took a shot at the Boston Red Sox. How about that, New York Yankees fans?!
"“I’ve chosen Arizona as the team I would have represented if I had been inducted and even though I heard someone there is calling for the DBacks front office to ‘meet’ should the induction happen I’ll stand with that decision as I know Mr Kendrick to be an honorable and kind man. Should that change it most certainly would be the Phillies. What Mr Henry and Mr Werner did to my family and I in my final year has been forgiven but will never be forgotten.”"
Oh my, what could have the slimey Red Sox done to Mr. Schilling?! Oh, we don’t know. Let’s take a look at their most recent behavior, though.
- They traded Mookie Betts instead of giving him a contract extension
- They traded Mookie Betts solely to cut payroll for the 2020 season
- They got their fans to celebrate the fact they were cutting payroll
- They fired Dave Dombrowski and acted as if he was the problem despite the fact he won them the 2018 World Series
- They were forced to “part ways” with manager Alex Cora due to a number of cheating allegations, and then brought him back the moment his ban from baseball was lifted
- Their 2018 World Series has been put into question but some fans due to Cora’s presence, given he was among the ring leaders of the Astros’ famed 2017 cheating scandal
That’s just off the top of our head. Are we missing anything? Let us know.
Schilling was an All-Star and finished second in the Cy Young voting when the Red Sox broke the curse in 2004, which featured a historic 3-0 comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS. Schilling would remain on the Sox through the 2007 season, when they captured another World Series title with him as one of the key figures in the rotation.
We’re not sure what the Red Sox did to Schilling in his final year, during which he made four postseason starts en route to a title and finished the regular season with a 3.87 ERA across 24 starts, but we hope to learn more about it very, very soon.