Curt Schilling

How Curt Schilling feels about narrowly missing Hall of Fame in 2020

How Curt Schilling feels about narrowly missing Hall of Fame in 2020

Curt Schilling had a feeling he wouldn't make the Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2020. He was right.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher finished 20 votes shy of earning a Hall of Fame nod Tuesday, as shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were the only two inductees.

Hours before the Hall of Fame revealed its results, Schilling tweeted he didn't expect to make it this year but hoped Walker and Jeter would.

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But what about his own fate? Schilling has just two years of ballot eligibility remaining and typically has no filter on social media. The six-time All-Star took the high road Tuesday night, though, congratulating Jeter and Walker while advocating for Scott Rolen to join the Class of 2021.

Schilling didn't totally steer clear of the Hall of Fame debate, though. The former Red Sox pitcher disagreed with a Twitter user who believed Andy Pettitte deserves Hall of Fame recognition for his playoff success, then admitted he doesn't see either Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens getting into the Hall.

Clemens and Bonds' suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs has denied them entry into the Hall for eight years. The debate for Schilling revolves more around statistics: He won three World Series titles (one with the Red Sox in 2004) and is the only non-active pitcher with more than 3,000 career strikeouts who isn't in the Hall of Fame.

Schilling also has had numerous off-field controversies and gotten into hot water several times for making controversial comments. The 53-year-old was on his best behavior Tuesday, though.

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame; Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame; Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Curt Schilling on Hall of Fame: 'If I'm outside the Hall of Fame with Luis Tiant, I'm all right'

Curt Schilling on Hall of Fame: 'If I'm outside the Hall of Fame with Luis Tiant, I'm all right'

Curt Schilling is in his eighth year of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Is this the year that he'll finally get in?

The former pitcher spent 20 years in the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Boston Red Sox. He went 216-146 record, a 3.46 ERA, and 3,116 strikeouts (good for 15th most all-time) in his storied career. 

It's his postseason dominance (11-2, 2.23 ERA) that elevates Schilling's Hall candidacy. He's a three-time World Series winner, two of which came with the Red Sox, was a co-Series MVP with Randy Johnson in 2001 with the Diamondbacks and was named an All-Star six times.

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Despite his numbers, Schilling hasn't gotten into the Hall yet. While he may be inching closer to making the cut, he isn't counting on getting in with the 2020 class.

"I don't think I'm going to make it this year," Schilling told MLB Network's Bob Costas in a recent interview. "The trend has usually been that players will drop a certain amount of percentage between the public and the private ballots. And I don't think I'm high enough above that 75 [percent needed for election] for the tail-off not to get me."

Though Schilling doesn't think he'll get in, he's not worrying about it too much. And he's focusing on the fact that there are plenty of great players who never made the Hall of Fame, including another former Red Sox ace.

"There are also some pretty good people who aren't in the Hall of Fame," Schilling said. "If I'm outside the Hall of Fame with Luis Tiant, I'm all right."

Schilling does have a good point. There are plenty of great, deserving players that haven't made the cut for the Hall of Fame. He still has three more chances to get in, so perhaps his time will come.

And speaking of Tiant, there surely is a case for him to be a Hall of Famer. He went 229-172 with a 3.30 ERA in a 19-year career and also struck out 2,416 batters. Had the Red Sox gotten him a ring in 1975, perhaps he would've had a stronger case to get in.