Curt Schilling loses Hall of Fame vote after applauding shirt threatening journalists

Curt Schilling received 52.3% of Hall of Fame votes last year.
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Former Cy Young award winner Curt Schilling has lost Dan Shaughnessy's vote for the Hall of Fame after the pitcher applauded a shirt threatening violence to the media at a Donald Trump rally.

“Count me out on Curt Schilling,” Shaughnessy wrote. “I have held my nose and voted for the Big Blowhard in recent years (11-2 in postseason, ridiculous walk/strikeout ratio), and he was up to 52.3 percent (75 percent required) last year, but I shall invoke the “character” clause this year. Schill has transitioned from a mere nuisance to an actual menace to society. His tweet supporting the lynching of journalists was the last straw for this voter. Curt later claimed he was joking. Swell.”

Schilling has been criticized for his social media habits and was fired from his analyst position at ESPN due to some insensitive posts.

The shirt read “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some Assembly Required” and Schilling shared the image with the caption, "Ok, so much awesome here . . .”

Schilling later said that he was being sarcastic.

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Schilling is entering his fifth year on the Hall of Fame ballot. Last year, he garnered 52.3 percent of the vote. A player needs 75% to be elected to the Hall of Fame. In his first three years, Schilling collected 38.8%, 29.2% and 39.2% of the vote.