Curt Schilling: my comments were made in jest

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Curt Schilling was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning, and made a point to tell the world that his comments saying that John Smoltz’s made the Hall of Fame because he’s a Democrat were clearly meant to be taken as a joke. Here he is:

As far as it relates to Smoltz, I’ll buy that he was joking. And I will grant that Schilling said in his interview the other day that he does not believe that all of the 180 or so votes he fell short of election were not all withheld from him by virtue of his political views.

But the fact remains that, in that interview, he went on to hold forth in a non-joking manner about how people have it in for him because of is personal views. And his joke was not that voters are out to get him for his views. It’s that Smoltz would ever be a Democrat. So, fairness to Schilling: no, he doesn’t believe John Smoltz is a Democrat. But he certainly thinks his political views are relevant to people’s consideration of him as a baseball player. And that’s the part that’s nuts.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.