Retired All-Star pitcher and conservative firebrand Curt Schilling is lashing out at ‘coward’ baseball writers after his ninth Hall of Fame rejection, and now he’s demanding to be removed from the ballot in 2022 so that his candidacy can be considered by committees comprised of former players and managers.
‘I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player,’ Schilling wrote on Facebook. ‘I don’t think I’m a hall of famer as I’ve often stated but if former players think I am then I’ll accept that with honor.’
He later wrote on Facebook that he has asked the Hall of Fame to remove his name from next year’s ballot. Hall of Fame Board Chairman Jane Forbes Clark said in a statement that the board ‘will consider the request at our next meeting.’