Tuesday wasn’t Curt Schilling’s day to be elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox former great believes his politics are one reason he fell short of the necessary number of votes.
“I think [John Smoltz] he got them because of [Greg] Maddux and [Tom] Glavine,” Schilling said of Smoltz on WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan” show Wednesday. “The fact that they won 14 straight pennants I think… his Swiss Army knife versatility… I think he got a lot of accolades for that, I think he got a lot of recognition for that and he’s a Hall of Famer so — and I think the other big thing is, I think he’s a Democrat [he isn’t], and so… I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that.”
Schilling’s former teammate, Pedro Martinez, was elected, along with Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and Smoltz. Although he and Smoltz have similar stats, Schilling fell 240 votes short. Smoltz has conservative views and has campaigned for Georgia Republicans, so Schilling’s argument falls a little short there. But he’s probably right about the baseball stuff and that Glavine and Maddux helped Smoltz with voters.
Schilling was an ardent supporter of former President George W. Bush and believes his politics cost him about 100 votes. He needs 75 percent of the votes from members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and he received 39.2 percent, a 10 percent increase from last year.
“When human beings do something, anything, there’s bias and prejudice,” Schilling said. “Listen, nine percent of the voters did not vote for Pedro. There’s something wrong with the process and some of the people in the process when that happens. I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that, but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.”