Baseball Writers Association Releases Statement On Curt Schilling’s Request To Be Taken Off 2022 Ballot
On Tuesday, Curt Schilling was piping hot mad and disgusted once again after he failed to secure enough votes to make it to the Hall of Fame.
He went on to write a lengthy letter asking to have his name taken off the hall of fame ballot in 2022.
On Wednesday, Baseball Writers Association of America secretary and treasurer Jack O’Connell issued a statement in response to Schilling letting him know that removing his name would be a violation of the rules put in place by the Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
The BBWAA is urging the Hall of Fame to reject Schilling’s request as well.
The former Red Sox pitcher had the closest vote, earning 71.1 percent of the 75 required to make the cut. Barry Bonds was next with 61.8%.
“I will not participate in the final year of voting,” Schilling wrote. “I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I’ll defer to the veteran’s committee and men whose opinions actually matter.”
“I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated,” he continued, “but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor.”
The 54-year-old, who pitched for five teams over a 20-year MLB career collected a 216-146 record through over 400 starts.