This morning, Curt Schilling announced his retirement on his blog, 38 Pitches. No matter what you thought of him as a pitcher, or much less a personality, he was one of the best ever to step on the mound -- especially in the postseason (most notably in 2004 and the "Bloody Sock" game...)
Though some debate his numbers for the Hall of Fame, Schilling is one in my eyes in how he dominated on the mound, and his exceptional playoff record.
Lest we O's fans forget, we traded him in the early 90's to Houston along with Steve Finley and Pete Harnisch for slugger Glenn Davis.
Boy, we know how that all worked out. Sheesh.
Curt Schilling retired from baseball Monday after a career in which he won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks and was one of the game's most dominant pitchers and grittiest competitors.
The 42-year-old right-hander said on his blog he's leaving after 23 years with "zero regrets." Schilling missed all of last season with a shoulder injury after signing a one-year, $8 million contract.
"The things I was allowed to experience, the people I was able to call friends, teammates, mentors, coaches and opponents, the travel, all of it, are far more than anything I ever thought possible in my lifetime," he wrote.
Schilling had surgery last June and had said he might come back in the middle of this season. He was not under contract for this season. He made no reference to his injury on his blog, 38pitches.com.
Schilling won a World Series with Arizona in 2001 and with Boston in 2004 and 2007.