Is Curt Schilling a Shoo-in for MLB Hall of Fame after Donald Trump's Intervention?

Curt Schilling might have missed out on induction into the MLB Hall of Fame this year, but one prominent sportscaster expects him to be among the inductees sooner rather than later.

The MLB announced the latest entries in the Hall of Fame on Tuesday night and the 52-year-old earned just over 60 percent of votes, falling considerably short of the 75 percent threshold required for induction.

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However, MLB Network's Bob Costas suggested it was a matter of "when" rather than "if" for Schilling.

"Curt Schilling took a significant jump," the veteran broadcaster, who ended a 40-year association with NBC earlier this month, was quoted as saying by Boston.com.

"He should have been in on the first ballot. The other considerations are not relevant. Curt Schilling is on his way to the Hall of Fame."

Schilling has missed out on induction in each of his seven years since he became eligible to be voted into the Hall of Fame and has three more chances to receive the honor.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher got more than 60 percent of votes for the first time since he was first considered in the Hall of Fame ballot.

While he fell short of the 75 percent of votes required, he appeared on 60.9 percent of ballots, compared with 51.2 percent a year ago. The increase was the fifth-largest by a player still eligible to be inducted in the Hall of Fame.

In 2004, Schilling played a crucial role as the Red Sox ended an 86-year wait for a World Series title. With Boston 3-2 down against the New York Yankees in the American League Championship series, Schilling pitched the Red Sox to a crucial road win to level the series 3-3, despite playing with a torn ankle tendon sutured back into the skin.

Boston ended up winning the series 4-3, becoming the first—and so far only—team in MLB history to win a postseason series after trailing 3-0, before sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series.

Earlier this week, Schilling had partially blamed the snub on his conservative political views and the fact he is a supporter of President Donald Trump. "They've come out and said I can't vote for him because of what he said or what he did," he told Mark Levin, host of Fox News's Life, Liberty & Levin.

MLB rules state that the voting panel must consider the candidates' integrity, sportsmanship, character and contributions to the teams they have played on as well as their record and ability.

Trump personally championed Schilling's cause, suggesting the three-time World Series winner deserved to be included in the Hall of Fame.

Curt Schilling deserves to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most. Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right! @marklevinshow

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 21, 2019

"Great record, especially when under pressure and when it mattered most," the president tweeted ahead of the vote. "Do what everyone in Baseball knows is right!"

The "character clause" has been a stumbling block for players who have been accused of breaching anti-doping regulations, such as such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.

Like Schilling, the duo have three years of eligibility left, but they did not record a major shift in backing. Bonds secured 59.1 percent of votes, up 2.7 percent from last year, while Clemens appeared in 59.5 percent of ballots, up 2.2 percent from 2018.

Mariano Rivera became the first player to be inducted unanimously and was joined in the Hall of Fame by designated hitter Edgar Martinez and starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina.

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Curt Schilling watches the MLB game between the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images