For Schilling, the decision on those three should be easy.
“I wouldn’t vote for them, ever,” he said in an interview on SportsCenter. “It generally tends to go this way with people that get caught doing stuff. You generally never catch somebody on the first go-round. These guys I think to some degree or another in different cases cheated and in some cases cheated for a lengthy period of time. I think that had an impact on who they are and what they did. I would be someone who wouldn’t vote for anyone that cheated in that manner. ...
“At the end of the day, I just feel like what guys did with performance-enhancing drugs gave them such an immense advantage over the competition.”
As for his own candidacy, Schilling wasn’t making any guesses. He’s considered a borderline candidate by many and said it’s too hard to predict a process Schill called “schizophrenic.”
“I honestly have no idea,” he said. “I haven’t won a game or struck out a hitter in five years. I did what I did. I had a chance and I interacted with a lot of guys over the years in the media that voted for the Hall of Fame and it’s schizophrenic in many ways.
“Unfortunately there are people that take this process as a personal platform to write an article. I know a writer who did not vote for Nolan Ryan to protest Don Sutton not getting in the first time. I know of writers that have intentionally not voted for players they didn’t like.
“Knowing that, that has made it very easy for me to not give this a second thought in the sense that it’s completely out of my hands and it’s completely in the writers’ hands. They’re human. They have different opinions about different people and like me I’m sure they’re going to look at some guys and say ‘character matters for me when I vote for this guy and it doesn’t matter to me when I vote for this guy.’ That’s just the way it is.”
...“That’s why when I look at my numbers I know I did them against guys that were cheating,” he said. “So I’m proud of that.”
Posted: November 28, 2012 at 08:22 PM | 81 comment(s)
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