Curt Schilling’s time in the penalty box looks like it’s running out. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens do not appear as lucky. Andy Pettitte, meanwhile, at least lives to fight another year.
Beyond the Baseball Hall of Fame celebrations for electees Derek Jeter and Larry Walker stood those who fell short of the required 75 percent threshold on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. The biggest winner of the non-winners arguably was Schilling, the master commander (4.38 strikeouts-to-walks ratio) and postseason stud who rose from 60.9 percent to 70 percent.
With an exceptionally weak class coming aboard next year — pitchers Mark Buehrle and Tim Hudson and outfielder Torii Hunter headline the group — Schilling, who just spent his eighth year on the ballot, will serve as the favorite to gain election. His candidacy had been hurt by both ballot gridlock and a flurry of hateful comments about different people and groups, yet he should move past both, with two years of eligibility remaining.
Other results of note:
- The Steroids Scapegoats, Clemens and Bonds, both in their eighth years of eligibility, barely moved, going from 59.5 and 59.1…