Curt Schilling will have to wait at least one more year.
The former Red Sox pitcher came up just short in his bid for entrance into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, receiving 70 percent of the vote. Seventy-five percent is needed for induction.
The only two players receiving entrance into this year’s Hall of Fame class were former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Rockies outfielder/first baseman Larry Walker, who made it on his 10th and final try. Jeter was one vote shy of being unanimously voted in, while Walker received 76.6 percent of the vote.
It was the eight year of eligibility for Schilling, who jumped up from receiving 60.9 percent a year ago. The pitcher first became eligible in 2013, getting 38.8 percent of the vote that year. After dropping in 2014 (29.2 percent) he started climbing gradually with 39.2 percent in 2015 and 52.3 percent after that.
Schilling dipped slightly in 2017 (45 percent), started to climb again in 2018 (51.2 percent) and last year.
His best chance figures to come in 2021 with the pool of candidates thinning out before monster year in 2022. Schilling should be the most likely to be inducted, with Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds and Omar Vizquel also presented their best chances.
The top newcomers in 2021 are Tim Hudson, Torii Hunter, Aramis Ramirez, Dan Haren and Mark Buehrle.
There will be some uncertainty in 2022 with the first-time eligibility of Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz, along with Mark Teixeira.