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McAdam: Five thoughts on the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot results

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After electing 22 players in the seven previous elections, the Baseball Writers Association of America, for the first time since 2013, chose not to elect any new players to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Some thoughts:

1. Schilling comes up just short.

When Curt Schilling finished at 70 percent on last year's ballot, the widely-held assumption was that he would gain the necessary votes to get him to the 75 percent threshold. And indeed, Schilling picked up some -- but not enough, finishing at 71.1 percent, 16 votes shy.

As has been noted, only one previous player has ever gotten to 70 percent and then failed to reach 75 percent. That was former pitcher Jim Bunning, who later got voted in by the Veterans Committee.

Schilling's issues are well-documented. Some voters -- it's unclear how many -- refused to vote to him for his bullying tactics on social media. Earlier this month, Schilling staunchly defended the attack on the Capitol Building.

It's incorrect, by the way, to suggest this is about Schilling's conservative politics. Mariano Rivera is a fervent supporter of Donald Trump and he became the first player elected unanimously a few years ago. Instead, some object to Schilling's divisive stances and propensity to be mean-spirited toward those with whom he disagreed.

I have voted for Schilling every year he's been on the ballot and will do again next year in his final year of eligibility. Some voters have historically thrown their support behind players who are close to election in their final year of eligibility.

It will be fascinating to see if Schilling gets that courtesy next January.

NOTE: (That is, if he's even on the ballot.)