He took out some of his frustrations in an argument with a fake Twitter account for former pitcher Sidney Ponson (warning: NSFW):
Mike Oz of Yahoo Sports captured the entire conversation (warning: NSFW):
Players need 75 percent of the votes to be inducted, and Schilling received just 45 percent.
Buster Olney of ESPN The Magazine noted Schilling's percentage of votes "collapsed from 52.3 [in 2016] to 45."
From 1988 to 2007, Schilling played for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. He was a six-time All-Star, won three World Series championships (including one that broke the fabled "Curse of the Bambino" in 2004 with the Red Sox) and posted a sparkling career playoff ERA of 2.23.
However, Jorge L. Ortiz of USA Today argued that Schilling's failure to win a Cy Young Award "takes some luster off his candidacy." Ortiz also described Schilling's win total of 216 as "a remarkably low number for such an accomplished pitcher over a 20-year career," although the win-loss record of a pitcher is an imperfect way to judge his ability at best.
Still, Schilling's Hall of Fame candidacy was about more than his on-field achievements.
Chris Cwik of Yahoo Sports' Big League Stew said "Schilling's case for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame no longer has to do with his arm, it has to do with his mouth."
Wednesday's argument won't help Schilling's reputation, but Cwik mentioned a number of more serious incidents that hurt the pitcher's cause.
He noted Schilling was fired from ESPN for posting an anti-transgender meme, was suspended by the company for comparing Muslim extremists to Nazis and said presidential candidate Hillary Clinton should "be buried under a jail" in an interview with 610 Sports in Kansas City.
Schilling also shared an image of a shirt suggesting journalists should be lynched and said "so much awesome here," as ESPN's Bill Barnwell passed along (warning: NSFW):
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe (h/t MSN) referenced that tweet and said he invoked the character clause in his Hall of Fame vote when he decided not to vote for Schilling. After the former pitcher commented on the shirt, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports said, "I just couldn't respect myself and vote for him this year."
Rather than accepting induction into the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Schilling found himself arguing with a fake Twitter account. Given the sentiments of some writers, he largely has himself to blame for that.
Perhaps he can take solace in the fact that Ponson isn't in the Hall of Fame either.