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Schilling falls short in latest Hall of Fame bid

Right-hander has three years remaining on ballot
January 22, 2019

PHOENIX -- Former D-backs right-hander Curt Schilling came up short once again in his bid for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, finishing with 60.9 percent of the vote in results announced Tuesday evening.A player must be named on at least 75 percent of the ballots cast by

PHOENIX -- Former D-backs right-hander Curt Schilling came up short once again in his bid for enshrinement in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, finishing with 60.9 percent of the vote in results announced Tuesday evening.
A player must be named on at least 75 percent of the ballots cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in order to be selected.
Closer Mariano Rivera (100 percent), right-hander Roy Halladay (85.4 percent), designated hitter Edgar Martinez (85.4 percent) and right-hander Mike Mussina (76.7 percent) were elected. They will join Veterans Committee selections Harold Baines and Lee Smith in being inducted this summer.
"[Four] men who absolutely deserved it," Schilling tweeted after the results were announced. "They were better men than they were players and their [sic] HOF players. Congrats Mo, Doc, Moose and Edgar. You all are deserving!"
• Complete 2019 Hall of Fame election results
This was Schilling's highest percentage since 2016, when he was listed on 52.3 percent of the ballots. He dropped to 45 percent in 2017 and then was on 51.2 percent last year.
Schilling still has three more chances to be elected before his 10 years on the ballot runs out following the vote in 2022.
Schilling's career with the D-backs was brief, but certainly noteworthy.
Acquired prior to the Trade Deadline in 2000, Schilling helped lead the D-backs to the 2001 World Series title by going 22-6 with a 2.98 ERA. He was even better in the postseason, going 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA.
Schilling started three games in the 2001 World Series, including Game 7, and was named co-MVP of the Fall Classic along with Randy Johnson.
In 2002, Schilling helped the D-backs once again reach the postseason, finishing with a 23-7 record and a 3.23 ERA.
In both 2001 and 2002, Schilling finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting to Johnson.
After going 58-28 overall in Arizona, Schilling was dealt to the Red Sox following the 2003 season.
Johnson, who was inducted in 2015, is the lone player to wear a D-backs hat upon entering the Hall of Fame.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.