BOSTON (AP) — Former Red Sox star Curt Schilling is making his debut on the Hall of Fame ballot this year, though the noted big game pitcher is being overshadowed a bit.
He’s sharing his debut with Barry Bond, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa, players whose spectacular numbers are mixed with high profile allegations of performance enhancing drug use.
Schilling doesn’t have Clemens career numbers, but his 216 wins, 3,116 strikeouts and 3.46 ERA earned him a spot on the ballot.
Schilling won three World Series championships, including his ‘‘bloody sock’’ performance for the Boston Red Sox in 2004.
After retiring from baseball, Schilling founded 38 Studios, a now-bankrupt video game company that has been a focus of controversy in Rhode Island, where the state gave the company a $75 million loan guarantee to relocate from Massachusetts.