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Schilling blames "the left" for Hall of Fame snub

Schilling blames "the left" for Hall of Fame snub

Curt Schilling isn't shy about sharing conspiracy theories concerning his political beliefs. He has another one about his Hall of Fame prospects. The Red Sox postseason hero and outspoken conservative told WEEI on Friday that "the left" has painted him as a racist and that's keeping him out of Cooperstown.

"We're at a point in time now where the left has managed to marginalize me in the media," Schilling said on the "Mut and Callahan" show. "It's weird. People dismiss me out of hand as a racist. I've never said a racist word in my life."

In his seventh year on the ballot, Schilling fell short of Hall induction again this week. He received 60.9 percent of the vote from Baseball Writers Association of America Hall electors, shy of the 75 percent needed but this highest vote total yet. He has three years remaining on the BBWAA ballot. 

"That [political views] certainly has played a part in all this, and the only reason I say that is because people have said as much, voters," Schilling said. "It is what it is."

Schilling supporters point to Mike Mussina's Hall election this week as evidence that Schilling, the former Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox ace, should also be enshrined. Schilling won three World Series titles (one in Arizona, two in Boston) and won 216 regular-season games with a 3.46 ERA in 20 seasons. He was 11-2 in the postseason. Mussina, a five-time All-Star, wasn't on any world championship teams and won 270 games with a 3.68 ERA in 18 seasons. 

In his WEEI appearance, Schilling singled out The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy as a Hall voter who is holding Schilling's politics against him.

Shaughnessy later called the show to defend his vote, saying he has voted for Schilling in the past, but he considers him "a bubble candidate" based on his stats.

"Curt's character is not helping his cause with me," Shaughnessy said. "Curt's gotta stop that it's all because of his politics. He's very much a bubble candidate. He's 11-2 in the postseason. I'd certainly give him the ball ahead of Mussina [whom Shaughnessy said he didn't vote for]."

Shaughnessy said if Schilling took a break from political commentary, it may boost his chances. Schilling has seen a 15.9 percent increase in votes the past three years: from 45.0 percent in 2017 to 51.2 percent in 2018 to 60.9 this season. 

"If he went and stood in the corner for a year, it might help him with some of the writers," Schilling said.  

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BREAKFAST POD: David Price opens up about whether he hates playing in Boston

BREAKFAST POD: David Price opens up about whether he hates playing in Boston

1:30: On Wednesday Dan Shaughnessy talked with David Price about the possibility of opting out of his contract, and whether he hates the city of Boston. Dan called into Boston Sports Tonight to discuss his interview with Price, and how he was able to get Price to be open about touchy subjects. 

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David Price says he doesn't fear Yankees or hate Boston

David Price says he doesn't fear Yankees or hate Boston

David Price doesn't hate Boston, isn't afraid of the Yankees and says, "there's always a chance of anything" when asked about the possiblity of opting out of his contract after this season.

Those are some of the highlights of what Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy termed a "quick interview" with the Red Sox left-hander as he tries to rebound from consecutive poor starts when he takes the mound Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. 

Of the Yankees, who torched Price for eight runs and five home runs in a 3 1/3-inning start at Yankee Stadium on July 1 that put his ERA against them this season to 24.92:

"I feel great moving forward for the rest of the season and great facing the Yankees again, whenever that may be. That's a team I've pitched against a lot in my career, probably more than against any team in the big leagues, maybe with the exception of Toronto. I've pitched against both of them a lot and I've had some bad games against [the Yankees] a few times. I gave up nine straight hits against them when I was in Detroit in 2015. Nine straight hits. No walks, no sac flies, no hit by pitches, nine straight knocks."

The Red Sox next face New York Aug. 2-5 at Fenway.

On his feelings toward Boston: "I've never said I've hated Boston or had a problem with the fans. That's a perception that's put on me through you [media] guys. That's what that is. It's like when we were in Minnesota and I said I wasn't deserving of being an All-Star and didn't think I should be an All-Star, and then all that crap got put out. It turns into that. So write what you want to write."

Though he referred to the reaction about his comments in Minnesota, Price said he doesn't pay attention to criticism in newspapers or on the radio.

"I'm still not a subscriber to whatever papers there are," he told Shaughnessy. "I don't know the last time I've listened to FM or AM radio."

And about that opt-out available to him after the season in the seven-year, $217 million contract he signed before the 2016 season? 

"I'm not going to sit here and say there's zero percent chance when there's always a chance of anything, but that's nothing that I'm thinking about or putting any thought to, or talking to anyone else about," he said. "I expect to win and I expect to do that here."

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