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Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame Election Rules
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5. Voting: Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.
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Jason Kander (D) [2016 file photo]

Jason Kander (D) [2016 file photo]

Today, via Twitter, from a right wingnut and former professional baseball player:

Curt Schilling ‏@gehrig38
@JasonKander what a piece of garbage you are. Pains me to say that about someone that served but man you need an ass whipping
11:58 AM – 5 Feb 2017

Jason Kander (D) responded, with admirable restraint:

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Jason Kander ‏@JasonKander
Enjoyed watching you play. Better luck next year with the Hall of Fame balloting. That Rule 5 character clause can be a drag, huh?
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12:27 PM – 5 Feb 2017

Charles P. Pierce enjoyed the moment:

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Charles P. Pierce ‏@CharlesPPierce
@JasonKander Yeah, Schilling caught a little too much of the plate with that breaking ball and Kander got all of it…
3:48 PM – 5 Feb 2017