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Former YC Roughrider Curt Schilling Receives 52.3% of the Vote for Hall of Fame Featured

Schilling needed 75% of the vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Former Roughrider pitcher, Curt Schilling was named on 52.3% of the ballots Wednesday cast by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America falling short of the required 75% to gain induction into the Major League Baseball (MLB) Hall of Fame. There were 440 ballots submitted by voting members of the Association; Shilling was about 100 short of the 330 needed to reach the 75% level. 

Ken Griffey, Jr, and Mike Piazza were the only players named to the Class of 2016. Griffey was on the ballot for his first year and received 99.3% of the vote. He was named on 437 out of 440 ballots cast, for the highest percentage of votes in Hall of Fame history. Tom Seaver received the second highest percentage back in 1992. 

2016 is the fourth year that Schilling was eligible for consideration. He has six more years of potential eligibility. 

Schilling played for the Yavapai College Roughriders in the 1986 season leading his team to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO. Curt was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1986 MLB draft.

During his 20 years in the MLB, Schilling had 216 career regular-season wins and 3,116 strikeouts. He compiled an 11-2 postseason record with a 2.23 ERA in 19 starts. He helped win three World Series: 

2001 - for the Arizona Diamondbacks

2004 - for the Boston Red Sox

2007 - for the Boston Red Sox

According to Boston.com, Schilling made comments that could be considered politically incorrect before his consideration on previous years' ballots. “I don’t care. I’m not going to change who I am, do what I do, or say what I say to make people think differently of me,” Shilling said. “…I’m passionate with what I believe in. If my mouth keeps me out of the Hall of Fame, then it’s a flawed process, if that’s the reason people don’t vote for me. If they don’t vote for [me] because they don’t think I belong, then that’s absolutely a valid point.”

Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds are also in their fourth year of eligibility. Clemens received 45.2% and Bonds received 44.3%. 

Schilling tweeted on Wednesday, “Incredibly appreciative of the well wishes, 2 true Hall of Famers made it today. Congrats to Jr and Mike Piazza!!!” 

Information provided by Yavapai College Athletic Director Brad Clifford and The Baltimore Sun.





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