Bob Ryan Jumps Into The Curt Schilling Story

Curt Schilling fell short of the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week, missing the 75% tally he needed by less than 4%. He was so disappointed in the results that he removed himself from the ballot next year, a move that honestly makes sense. The Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan offered his support via Twitter:

Bob Ryan argues that Curt Schilling is being kept out the Hall of Fame because of things he’s said but that others who have been inducted have not been held to the same standard. Well, if any of that tweet is true, then voters simply moved the goalposts for Curt Schilling.

Others may have made this argument before, but I want to reinforce that Ryan is right on the money here.

Schilling haters may say, “We know better now than we did back then,” but the actual voters are usually their parents’ age. Your parents didn’t know whether Steve Carlton or any former athlete said some things they couldn’t support. Our past generations didn’t give a rip what a player said off the field. They just wanted to remember Steve Carlton, Ty Cobb, and all the other players in the Hall of Fame for their abilities to hit, pitch and run.

Should character really be considered?

The answer is no, and it’s not that complex. Bob Ryan and I recognize that Cooperstown is a baseball museum, not the Roberto Clemente Museum of Pennsylvania. Would we ideally like our Hall of Famers to talk and live like Clemente or Derek Jeter did in their playing days? Absolutely, but that would mean we’d have to disregard a ton of talent along the way.

Curt Schilling currently sits outside the Hall of Fame based on the opinions of those who hardly know him. The baseball writers are now sending him to the principal’s office permanently, but they won’t even take the time to learn who he is.

Ask the players who have defended Schilling countless times. Somehow, their sentiments never align with those of baseball writers. Maybe Curt Schilling is actually a good dude, but he won’t be a Hall of Famer because a couple writers don’t like him. I sometimes would like to say, “Oh well” about the whole situation, but I consider this to be a crucial issue. I want my grandchildren to visit Cooperstown and see Curt Schilling and all the other baseball greats who dare to have a different opinion allowed a place alongside their fellow elites.

Let’s get this right.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. Let’s be completely honest here…Schilling is a White Conservative…that’s all. If he were a Black BLM supporter he would’ve been voted in the past few years. This isn’t even debatable during the past 4 years.

  2. HOF should be judged by merit on the field and if their politics are in line with sports journalists….I’d imagine most of those guys in the HOF probably said hurtful things at some point.

  3. The funny thing was the example Ryan gave. He talked about Carlton’s wacko ideas, but after what people have witnessed the last 4 years people are getting far more skeptical and suspicious. I can’t laugh off anything anymore. If the establishment can spy on an elected president, lie about it, steal an election, get away with statistical impossibilities without a question, and sell our country out to communists, who knows what else has been done by the same crew?

  4. It’s saddening that such a small number of individuals/groups can ruin sports forever!

    LeBron – NBA
    Kaepernick – NFL
    Baseball writers – MLB
    …. etc., etc., etc…

    I want my childhood back when sports, we’re just sports!!

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