He was asking for it. No really, he asked for it:
Veteran right-hander Brad Penny requested and received his release
tonight in a move that clears a roster spot for reliever Billy Wagner
and gives Penny time to join a new team before postseason rosters are
“I asked for my release and I got it,” Penny said
Penny won just once in his last eleven starts, and there was no way he was going to be a critical part of this team for the remainder of the season, so this makes all kinds of sense.
Of course now he’ll probably get signed by the Cardinals and finish the year 4-0 with a 1.25 ERA.
We’ve talked a lot about Curt Schilling’s Hall of Fame candidacy over the years.
Bill has argued that, if voters are going to use the character clause to keep certain players out, they should keep Curt Schilling out. I’ve differed on that, not because I think Schilling is a good person — he’s loathsome, actually — but because I find the character clause to be illegitimate and would never, if I had a vote, use it to impact my vote. So, yes, I’d put Schilling on my ballot if I had one.
I’m not alone in this, of course. At the moment Schilling has support on about 72% of ballots which have been made public. My guess is that he’ll fall a tad short when results are announced tomorrow — non-public ballots tend to include fewer players on them — but we’ll see.
I am not the only non-BBWAA member who would vote for Schilling. He’s got some top level support too. From the President of the United States:
Ballots had to be submitted by December 31, so it’s not like this is gonna have any impact on the vote totals. If it came earlier, though, one wonders if it would. And one wonders if that’d help Schilling or hurt him.