Thursday, December 22, 2016

Are Curt Schilling's Politics Hurting His HOF Chances?

Curt Schilling
Back in the 1950s, it was called 'McCarthyism'—blacklisting people for their views and associations. Today, it's apparently the new normal—as the case of Curt Schilling's Hall of Fame status suggests. According to Ryan Thibodaux's Hall of Fame tracker—which complies all the publicly-announced voting—Schilling is getting 58.5% of the vote as of today. That's up some from last year—but nowhere near the 75% he needs for enshrinement. The question is: are Curt's well-known political views hurting his chances of getting into the Hall? It would seem so. No matter what you think of his positions on the issues of the day, the idea of punishing an athlete for his personal views should be appalling to every American. Of course, baseball writers are denying the linkage, but—to us—it's pretty damn clear what's going on. Shameful!