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Bob Costas Wishes He Could Vote Curt Schilling Into Hall Of Fame

“He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.”



Curt Schilling is a name that elicits a strong reaction from both the media and fans alike. His version of political conservativism has been wrapped in racism and other prejudices so often in the past that it is clearly effecting the way some look back on his career.

Bob Costas says that the Hall of Fame voting shows that is undeniable. He recently joined Rick Ballou on 1010XL in Jacksonville and said “I think at this point it’s the only explanation” for why Schilling is not yet a Hall of Famer.

For Costas, the answer lies within the votes. He noted that Schilling has so often been so close to meeting the threshold for Hall of Fame induction that it is inexplicable that votes have not risen to the point that he would be enshrined in Cooperstown.

“Almost anybody that gets to that 70% mark ultimately gets to that 75%, and he has some history of tweets and statements that alienated a lot of people, and rather than just cooling it in the past year, he almost doubled down,” Costas told Ballou. “I think without that, it’s reasonable to conclude that while it wasn’t unanimous that he had hall of fame credentials, the vast majority of voters feel that way, certainly enough to put him over 75%.”

In the past, Schilling has posted racist memes about Muslims, shared a number of homophobic and transphobic memes on social media, and most recently, expressed support for the insurrectionists that raided the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Costas rejects the idea that this is simply about punishing a conservative point of view. He pointed out that Mariano Rivera has always been a public supporter of Donald Trump, and not only did he get into the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, he got 100% of the vote. Costas says that it isn’t about Schilling supporting the Republican Party. The objection is that he is so proudly part of what he calls the “nutcase wing of the party.”

What may surprise some is that even after being so critical of Schilling, Costas notes that he would still vote for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Costas was quick to point out that the problem is that only writers get a vote. Broadcasters are excluded.

“If I had a vote, I would have voted for Curt Schiling from day 1, and if I had a vote now, I would still vote for him.”

Costas concluded the discussion by saying that he and Schilling have always had a cordial relationship and have never been anything but friendly towards one another. He says that has made Schilling’s struggle to get over 75% of the Hall of Fame vote especially frustrating.

“I just wish he would stop hurting his own case this way. We’re all entitled to our own political views, but there are some that are just out of bounds. They’re way over the line. They could be over the line on the left. They could be over the line on the right. And he has crossed that line it is fair to say.”

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Bobby Valentine Tells Boomer & Gio Donald Trump Photo Sunk Him

“Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the Stamford mayoral race.”



Courtesy: WFAN

Former MLB manager and ESPN baseball analyst Bobby Valentine joined WFAN’s Boomer and Gio this week to discuss his mayoral campaign in Stamford, Connecticut. 

Valentine ran as an unaffiliated candidate and fell to Democratic State Rep. Caroline Simmons in the race. He claims that a decades-old picture with him and former President Donald Trump sunk his chances.

“We had a photo taken together in 2000 for the World Series and so the last day of the campaign all around the neighborhoods, a picture of Donald and Bobby with the quote ‘only poor people and dumb people pay taxes,’” Valentine told Boomer and Gio about the photo that circulated around the town on Election Day.

“That really helped with the minority vote in my town,” Valentine said sarcastically.

It wasn’t all bad news for Valentine, who was enamored with the campaign-building process, among other things.

“Built it [the campaign] from scratch, which was a wonderful experience” Valentine explained. “Figuring out how to get volunteers together, and money together, and office, and headquarters together. We actually ran a six-month—perfectly clean—campaign. Not one negative word mentioned the entire time. Got 14,000 votes, more than any non-Democrat ever got in our city, and almost won that thing.

“I’m glad that I was the candidate, and I’m also glad that I’m not the mayor because it’s really a tough job. I got four years of my life back when the votes came in.”

Valentine worked at ESPN for a few years in the early part of the 2010s before re-entering the managing circuit with the Boston Red Sox. He famously managed the Mets to one of their two World Series appearances this century in 2000.

“It’s a little bit of the seven-year itch,” Valentine said when asked why he’s always looking for the next obstacle. “I did seven years in Texas; seven years in New York; seven years in Japan; seven months in Boston. Then I did seven years at Sacred Heart. So, yeah, it’s all about the sevens.”

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Tony Rizzo To Baker Mayfield Critics: I Hope You’re Happy

“850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.”



Courtesy: ESPN Cleveland

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield hasn’t looked like much of a franchise star so far in 2021, and it has all the attention of sports radio in The Land. 

850 ESPN Cleveland host Tony Rizzo laid it all out on the table during The Really Big Show.

“You happy?” Rizzo said to his co-host, Aaron Goldhammer. “Are you Baker [Mayfield] haters? Are you guys happy? Baker looks bad, and you wanna jump down his throat. I’M A BROWNS FAN! I’M A BROWNS FAN. IT’S LIKE YOU’RE ROOTING AGAINST OUR QUARTERBACK!”

Mayfield has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries throughout this season and ranks 25th out of 33 qualified quarterbacks in ESPN’s QBR metric (42.9 out of 100).

“You want him to fail,” Rizzo continued. “To prove what? You were right? Do you realize what happens if this kid isn’t the right guy? WE’RE GONNA SUCK, AGAIN. You don’t find quarterbacks. It took you 20 years to find a guy to win 11 games. Now you don’t think he can take you the rest of the way? Are you happy?”

The Browns went on the road this past weekend and the New England Patriots stomped them 45-7. The loss meant Cleveland still hasn’t won in Foxboro since 1992, when, ironically, now Patriots head coach Bill Belichick held the same role with Cleveland.

“I hope you’re all happy,” Rizzo declared. “I hope you’re happy; so you can draft some quarterback in the 30s and try and pray…Don’t you understand? If Baker fails it’s back to the drawing board for my franchise.

“We know that everything has to be right for Baker to win. Sobering stuff for me. This year has been sobering; however, he’s got a bad shoulder, he’s got a broken bone. Now he’s got a bum knee and bum foot. He’s getting beat up. Maybe he can’t play the position.”

Watch the full clip from ESPN Cleveland above.

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Kraig Riley Named Brand Manager Of 93.7 The Fan

“He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010.”



There’s a new leader in Pittsburgh and Audacy did not have to look too far to find him. Kraig Riley has been promoted to brand manager of 93.7 The Fan.

Riley is a familiar face in the building and voice on the air. He has been with The Fan since its launch in 2010. He has served as producer of the station’s afternoon show The PM Team with Poni & Mueller. He also was the host of the station’s pre and postgame coverage of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The opening was created earlier this year when Jim Graci exited The Fan and sister station KDKA New Radio. Audacy hired industry veteran Dave LaBrozzi, who most recently served as Vice President of Programming for WABC Radio in New York City, to lead the news talk station.

“As both KDKA and The Fan continue to evolve into full multi-platform operations serving our listeners in new ways every day it is clear that both stations need focused leadership,” Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Audacy Pittsburgh, said in a press release. “The addition of Dave and promotion of Kraig will help us continue that evolution. There is an expectation of excellence at both stations from the city of Pittsburgh that I have no doubt Dave and Kraig will continue to build on every day.”

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