Curt Schilling says he’s going to run for office

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It’s been a big 24 hours for polarizing athletes announcing their intentions to do stuff they’re not qualified to do. This morning it was Tim Tebow and baseball, last night it was Curt Schilling and politics.

Schilling was hard at work yesterday doing what he seems to spend most of his time doing — vigilantly passing along conservative memes and cherrypicking news stories to portray the world as a liberal-dominated hellscape — when someone said he was going to lose his upcoming election. Schilling corrected the person, noting that he’s not running for anything. Then, however, he teased that he would.

“I am going to run, soon,” Schilling said. When a commenter asked him for details he said, “state office first, white house in 8 years . . .or 4 if by some amazing illegal event this country elects another clinton.”

He added a smiley emoticon in there somewhere, suggesting at least part of that was tongue-in-cheek. If I had to guess from the tone and from his overall Facebook oeuvre, I’d say that he’s serious about the statewide office and that he seriously believes Hillary Clinton winning the election would somehow constitute an illegal act.

My guess is that he would not actually run for president, though. He probably knows he’s not yet qualified to do so. You have to have bankrupted far more businesses and failed in media far more than Schilling has to get the Republican nomination these days. He’s really an amateur by comparison.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.