Six-time All-Star Curt Schilling, was the leading vote-getter in the Baseball Hall of Game Class of 2021 with 285 votes. However, his 71.8% of the vote did not meet the 75% threshold in order to gain election into the Hall of Fame.
Following the announcement of the voting totals, Schilling shared on Facebook that he wrote a private letter to the Hall of Fame asking to be removed from the ballot in 2022.
USA Today MLB Columnist and MLB Network Insider, Bob Nightengale tweeted the following quote from Schilling:
Curt Schilling in letter to the Hall of Fame: “I will not participate in the final year of voting. I am requesting to be removed from the ballot. I’ll defer to the veterans committee and men whose opinions actually matter and who are in a position to actually judge a player.”
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 26, 2021
The Baseball Writers’ Association of American responded saying that Schilling’s request to remove himself from the ballot in 2022 is a violation of the rules set forth by the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s board of directors.
No player on the Baseball HOF’s 2021 ballot reached the 75% threshold needed for enshrinement. Leading vote-getters:
Curt Schilling – 71.1%
Barry Bonds – 61.8%
Roger Clemens – 61.6%
They each have one more year of eligibility on the ballot. pic.twitter.com/OE8MQyMnxY
— ESPN (@espn) January 26, 2021