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Schilling says Republican views cost him Hall of Fame votes

Curt Schilling in 2006. Getty Images/file/Getty

Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling isn’t getting into the Baseball Hall of Fame this year, and he has an interesting theory why. Talking to WEEI morning hosts John Dennis and Gerry Callahan, Schill said politics may have played a part. The right-hander, who won 216 games (and three World Series Championships) over 20 years, pointed out that he’s a Republican, but former Braves pitcher John Smoltz did get elected to the Hall. “I think he’s a Democrat, and so . . . I know that as a Republican that there’s some people that really don’t like that,” said Schilling, who was a vocal supporter of President George W. Bush. “I don’t think that it kept me out or anything like that, but I do know there are guys who probably will never vote for me because of the things I said or did. That’s the way it works.” But it’s not at all clear that Smoltz, who won 213 games and saved 154 over 21 years, actually is a Democrat. Deadspin.com noted Wednesday that Smoltz had donated the max amount to Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012.

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