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Just My Type



Despite 216 wins, 3,116 strikeouts, a 1.137 WHIP and an 11--2 postseason record, the 48-year-old righty received Hall of Fame votes on just 39.2% of ballots. As you'd expect, he has strong feelings on the subject.

DAN PATRICK:You said John Smoltz being a Democrat helped him get into the Hall of Fame. But he's a Republican. So you were joking?

CURT SCHILLING: If you heard me on [ESPN's] Baseball Tonight, where this all originated, the amount of laughter around the commentary was enough to make sure everybody understood it was a joke. John Smoltz is as conservative a Republican as I've ever been. There's not a planet in the galaxy where I would disrespect the guys in the Hall of Fame ever.

DP:So you weren't serious that people won't vote for you because of your views?

CS: I think there's bias. But all the guys I know who have a ballot, whether they vote for me or not, put an immense amount of time and effort and thought into it.

DP:So why aren't you in the Hall?

CS: Maybe I don't belong.

DP:No, you're a Hall of Famer.

CS: [With the] Hall of Fame, you're either in or you're out. I was always the most critical guy of my own ability.... If I had my own Hall of Fame, I wouldn't be in it.

DP:Should Roger Clemens get in?

CS: No.


CS: He cheated.

DP:Barry Bonds?

CS: I think when Barry started cheating, he was already the best player in the game. If his career had ended then, he would probably be in.

DP:What about Mike Piazza?

CS: Piazza was never named in anything, and you're talking about the greatest hitting catcher in history. He should be a 105% guy based on what we know. Jeff Bagwell was one of the top five first basemen of all time. I played with Jeff. I'd be devastated if he cheated. He had monster power as a young player. I watched him work. No one put more time in the weight room.

DP:How about A-Rod?

CS: Oh, God, no. I think there's a belief that what he did, he did his entire career.

DP:Did it ever bother you facing a guy you knew was on something?

CS: Not at all. I gave up a home run to Barry in Bank One. It literally looked like a bullet Ping-Ponging inside a metal house as it ricocheted off the restaurant in centerfield, which was like 13,000 feet from home plate. I thought, Oh, my God, that's not human.

DP:Maybe it would help your Hall of Fame case if you just finally admitted the bloody sock was a fake.

CS:[Laughs.] I had a deal with Heinz. No, if it was doctored, I wouldn't have had so many stitches.

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