The Daily Courier

Baseball Hall getting no new members


NEW YORK — The baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits — on or off the field — for enshrineme­nt in Cooperstow­n on this year’s ballot.

Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Associatio­n of America released Tuesday, and the trio will have one more chance at election next year. It’s the first time the BBWAA didn’t choose anyone since 2013.

Schilling, a right-handed ace who won three World Series titles, finished 16 votes short of the 75% threshold necessary for enshrineme­nt. He got 71.1% per cent this time after coming up 20 votes shy at 70% last year.

Schilling's on-field accomplish­ments face little dispute, but he has ostracized himself in retirement by directing hateful remarks toward Muslims, transgende­r people, journalist­s and others.

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