Based on the stats he produced during his career, Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling has a great chance of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, what he has done outside of the diamond might just be keeping him from punching his ticket to Cooperstown.
His actions certainly have some of his MLB counterparts making an argument against Schilling making it into that hallowed hall. On that opposition list is slugger Jose Canseco. On Tuesday (Jan. 26), Canseco made his opposition to Schilling making it into the Hall of Fame very clear.
“Curt Schilling would be a disgrace to the Hall of Fame,” Canseco posted on Twitter.
Some of Canseco’s Twitter followers agreed with his assessment. Others disagreed.
“He’s not a hall of famer as a player,” one user said about Schilling. “Incredibly overrated as a pitcher and his one signature moment was absolutely pure theater.”
“3 20-win seasons and 4 decent years… out of 20! His lifetime ERA is under 4 but he barely won 200 games, never won the CYA, etc….” another suer posted. “Taking the average of his entire career, he was at best a solid #2 (or very good #3 starter on a very good team. Is that HOF-worthy now?
Another Twitter user seemed to grasp the difficulty of the situation. While acknowledging that to him Curt Schilling’s views are problematic, user @JohnSmi18684452 also acknowledged Schilling’s accomplishments on the diamond.
“Schilling is a hateful person, but he’s definitely a hall of famer,” John Smith posted. “Easily. And he’s one of the greatest big game pitchers ever.”
Curt Schilling Responds to Jose Canseco on Twitter
For his part, Curt Schilling responded to Jose Canseco on Tuesday. “Not nearly the disgrace you and your career was to the game,” Schilling posted on Twitter.
Curt Schilling also responded to Canseco with: “Cheated your ass off and I still owned you.”
According to a report by The New York Times, Curt Schilling, a former MLB all-star, was fired from ESPN during 2016 for what the sports company viewed as offensive commentary shared via social media. The report said that the post that got Schilling into trouble with ESPN dealt with the transgender bathroom ban enacted in North Carolina in 2016.
“A man is a man no matter what they call themselves,” Schilling reportedly posted at the time. “I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”
Prior to his removal from ESPN in 2016, Schilling had been previously been suspended by the network. This suspension was the result of a Twitter comment Schilling made comparing radical Muslims to nazis, according to The New York Times.
According to USAToday.com, Schilling went to six all-star games. He was part of three World Series winning teams. He won 216 games during his career and had 3,116 strikeouts.