No HOF for Schilling?

Steven Luke, [email protected]

There is a player who has been on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for four years with his vote percentage rising each year.
There is a player who has been on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that owns three World Series rings as a player.
There is a player who has been on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot that finished second in the Cy Young Award three times, finished in the MVP voting as a pitcher four different times, owns a career earned run average of 3.46 and has a stellar ERA in the postseason of 2.23.
Despite all of this Curt Schilling may never make it to Cooperstown, and he doesn’t deserve to.
The Baseball Writers Association of America have received criticism in the past for the stance some of their Hall of Fame voting members have taken against voting for players who have been connected to steroid use. Players like Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Rodger Clemens and Barry Bonds have been left out even though they are the best players of their time due to their connections to steroids, but Schilling does not have a connection to steroids.
Instead, Schilling is a player whose numbers are good enough for the hall, but he sits on the border because he doesn’t have 300 wins — a number that has been a benchmark for players in the past.
This is a changing world, though, and wins are becoming less relevant as the baseball world begins to embrace advanced statistics. As the win becomes an irrelevant stat Schilling would be a relative lock to be enshrined, but it’s been established that writers use their values in their voting practice and over the years Schilling has tested their patience with his off the wall remarks, Monday he took it to new heights.
A picture of a Donald Trump supporter that reads “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required” went viral recently and Schilling went to Twitter to let his followers know that he felt this shirt was, “OK, so much awesome here …”
Schilling since deleted the tweet and spent the day explaining to upset followers that it was a joke to show that liberal media has been so bias that people, including himself, are upset with them.
That didn’t stop writers with votes from taking notice and Jon Heyman, one of the most well-known baseball writers for his appearances on Fox and MLB Network, responded.
“Schilling favors lynching apparently. Not really sure I can stomach voting for him for the hall anymore,” he said via twitter.
It wasn’t just writers, though, as fellow retired starting pitcher Dan Haren also commented taking a jab at Schilling with a joke about Schilling’s crowning moment, pitching in the postseason while his ankle was bleeding.
While the world changed Tuesday and it appears we as a country have no more core values, the people of baseball continue to have values against steroids, drugs, gambling and lynching, especially when the lynching involves their own kind.
Should they look past this and ignore those values? He didn’t cheat, he didn’t do drugs and he didn’t bet on sports that we know of.
He did, though, think it’s funny to joke about killing people and has made remarks in the past about women that cost him his job at ESPN and has done a lot of offending, especially those who don’t agree with him.
He may not be a steroid user, he may not have gambled, but he has done everything in his power to offend as many people as possible and was already a borderline Hall of Fame player, and when you add those two simple things together Schilling doesn’t deserve to be enshrined even it is petty.