Baseball Hall of Fame voters denied Curt Schilling once again this week and the former pitcher has since indicated he wants his name removed from the ballot next year, his final year of eligibility. Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson offered his thoughts on the situation and didn’t mince words talking about Schilling, his controversial positions and statements in the past, and how the six-time All-Star pitcher only diminishes his chances of making the Hall every time he opens his mouth.
Curt Schilling puts up impressive numbers
Curt Schilling had a very successful baseball career. Some say it was worthy of the Hall of Fame. Others disagree.
In his 20 MLB seasons, Schilling finished with a 216-146 record and a solid 3.46 ERA. One thing never in question was his durability. On three separate occasions, Schilling led MLB with an impressive 35 starts each season, and in two seasons, he was tops in innings pitched with 268.2 in 1998, and 256.2 in 2001, respectively.
Among the other highlights of his career, Curt Schilling recorded the most strikeouts in baseball during both the 1997 and 1998 seasons with 319 and 300. In 2001 and 2004, he won the most games at 22 and 21. For his efforts, he earned six All-Star nominations and finished second in Cy Young voting three times.
Curt Schilling and his controversial remarks
While Curt Schilling last played in 2007, he has found his name in the headlines in recent years for his controversial positions and statements. In 2015, ESPN suspended him from his job as a baseball analyst following anti-Muslim remarks he posted on Twitter. He apologized.
A year later, the network fired him for making anti-transgender comments. Shortly after his release, Schilling announced his support for Donald Trump and became an outspoken supporter of the now former President.
Curt Schilling’s latest incendiary remarks came earlier this month when he expressed his support for the rioters at the U.S. Capitol.
“You cowards sat on your hands, did nothing while liberal trash looted rioted and burned for air Jordan’s and big screens,” Schilling tweeted. “sit back [shut up] and watch folks start a confrontation for [sh–] that matters like rights, democracy and the end of [government] corruption. #itshappening.”
Reggie Jackson rips the former pitcher
Reggie Jackson had an outstanding 21-year career and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer inducted in 1993. He is currently an adviser to the New York Yankees. The 14-time All-Star provided some advice to Curt Schilling.
“I would say to Curt, ‘Look at what you did. You took yourself out of the Hall of Fame because of what you say and how to express yourself and how you think,'” Jackson told NJ Advance Media. “Freedom of speech is great, but we can’t have a country with white supremacy, Nazis, Black Panthers, racist stuff, and anti-Semitics. We can’t have people wearing swastikas because it’s a freedom of expression. Come on!”
Jackson offered his thoughts on Schilling making a request to be removed from next year’s ballot.
“When I saw that, I thought, ‘Curt, who do you think that you offended when you said you didn’t want to be on the ballot?’ The only thing you did was look stupid. And anybody that says they don’t want to be in the Hall of Fame … you’re lying! Why do you want to tell that lie?”
Jackson didn’t stop there and took another big cut at Curt Schilling.
“Freedom of speech got you freed out of the Hall of Fame,” Jackson said. “Freedom of speech got your ass out of Cooperstown, bro!”
Mr. October delivering blasts in January.
All stats courtesy of Baseball Reference.