The AP makes a key point about all this:

State election law would limit Schilling to running solely as an independent candidate because it requires those seeking a major party nomination to have been enrolled in that party for at least 90 days before the Nov. 3 deadline for filing nomination papers with the state Elections Division.

The retired Boston Red Sox pitcher is a hero in New England, and he might have had a shot as a Republican, but it's hard to see him playing anything but spoiler as an independent.

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He made plenty of money as a professional baseball player, but going the independent route would probably force him to use a good bit of his own money.

Schilling himself sounds hesitant, and this might cause him to throw in the sock altogether.