Cubs release Shawn Camp

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Shawn Camp cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Cubs have released the 37-year-old reliever.

Camp led the National League with 80 appearances last season, throwing 78 innings with a 3.59 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio, but didn’t generate much interest as a free agent and re-signed with the Cubs for $1.35 million this winter.

He coughed up 18 runs in 23 innings to pitch his way off the roster, but with a combined 3.62 ERA in 335 innings during the past five seasons he should be able to find another opportunity soon enough.

Donald Trump wants Curt Schilling in the Hall of Fame

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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.