Curt Schilling's approval rating is surprisingly low

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Curt Schilling’s first season in Boston was 2004, and he went 21-6 with a 3.29 ERA in the regular season and 3-1 with a 3.57 ERA (and one bloody sock) in the playoffs as the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.
Three seasons later a 40-year-old Schilling went 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA in the playoffs as the Red Sox won another title. Normally that type of performance from a Hall of Fame-caliber player in a baseball-obsessed, championship-starved place earns someone key-to-the-city status for life. But apparently politics outweigh baseball, even in Boston.
Schilling, who’s a Republican, has made noise recently about possibly running for public office at some point, so a new poll in Democrat-heavy Massachusetts asked, “Is your opinion of Curt Schilling generally favorable or generally unfavorable?” As Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com notes, 39 percent of respondents answered “unfavorable” and another 12 percent had never even heard of Schilling.
Meanwhile, just 29 percent replied “favorable.” Now don’t get me wrong, people caring about something more than fame when it comes to choosing politicians is a very positive thing. However, as someone who lives in a state where Jesse Ventura was elected governor more or less for being famous 20 years earlier in a fake sport the Schilling data shocks me.

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.