Schilling finished third in the balloting done by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America this year with 278 of the 397 ballots cast, only 20 votes shy of the required 75 percent.
Schilling is on track to reach 75 percent next year in what will be a wide-open ballot.
The highway is clear for him with the BBWAA having elected 13 players in the last four years.
Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have gained little traction in recent years. Omar Vizquel could eventually get there but is unlikely to make the leap from 53 percent to 75 percent in one year.
The most prominent newcomers to the ballot next year will be
Mark Buehrle, Tim Hudson, and Torii Hunter. All were fine players but unlikely Hall of Famers.
The Golden Days and Early Baseball committees will meet in December to assess candidates who made their greatest contributions to baseball prior to 1969.
They could elect a player or executive, but it may not necessarily be somebody who is still alive, unless Dick Allen, Jim Kaat or Tony Oliva
makes it through.
It’s easy to envision Schilling with the spotlight all to himself.
Schilling has climbed 25 percent in the last three years since dropping to 45 percent in 2017 after he…