NEW YORK - Curt Schilling won't run for Edward M. Kennedy's seat in the U.S. Senate.
The former Boston Red Sox pitcher made the announcement on "Joe Buck Live" on HBO on Tuesday night. Earlier this month, the 42-year-old Schilling expressed interest in running for the seat held by the Massachusetts Democrat for almost 50 years before he died in August.
"Regardless of the amount of support and outreach that's been given to me, it just did not make sense," Schilling said.
Schilling cemented his place in Red Sox history in the 2004 playoffs when he took the mound despite an ankle injury that left blood seeping through his sock and helped the franchise end an 86-year title drought.
Kennedy was first elected to the Senate in 1962. He died Aug. 25 of brain cancer at age 77.
Primaries are scheduled for Dec. 8, and the general election will be Jan. 19.
A three-time World Series champion, Schilling relished the limelight -- and flourished in it. Schilling also won titles with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and again with the Red Sox in '07. He also pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, helping them reach the 1993 World Series. He retired in March.
Days after the Red Sox won in 2004, he went on national TV to urge everyone to vote, "and vote Bush." Schilling stumped for Republican John McCain in 2008. But he has said he also voted for Bill Clinton, a Democrat.
Schilling laid out his political beliefs on his blog, 38pitches.com, earlier this month, while insisting there was a "slim chance" he'd run.
He was still dishing out opinions Tuesday night even as he announced he wouldn't pursue Kennedy's seat.
"I think the country is sick and tired of elected officials beholden to special interests," Schilling said. "I think we're at a time and a place where we're voting for the lesser of two evils instead of the best candidate."
State Sen. Scott Brown and Canton Selectman Bob Burr are seeking the Republican nomination.
Gov. Deval Patrick could announce a temporary replacement for Kennedy as soon as Thursday.