Monday, March 23, 2009

Curt Schilling Retires

One of the finest and most clutch pitchers of his generation, Curt Schilling, announced is retirement today on his laptop. Schilling revealed the end of his 20-year Major League career via his blog on at

On his blog, Schilling wrote “The party has officially ended. After being blessed to experience 23 years of playing professional baseball in front of the world’s best fans in so many different places, it is with zero regrets that I am making retirement official. To say I’ve been blessed would be like calling Refrigerator Perry ‘a bit overweigh’ 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.”

Schilling(42 years old) last pitched in 2007. His last performance was a win for the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the World Series, helping pave the way for Boston’s four-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Shoulder problems hindered Schilling from pitching a single inning in the 2008 season, during which he was under a one-year contract with the Red Sox organization.

Schilling is retiring with a record of 216-146 and pitching 3,116 strikeouts. In the postseason he went 10-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 19 starts. He was part of three World Series championship teams--the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks and the Red Sox of 2004 and 2007. He also pitched for the NL pennant winning Phillies of 1993. Schilling is the ONLY pitcher to win a World Series for three different teams.

He will be remembered for boldly saying that he was coming to town to help snap an 86-year World Series drought and then playing a crucial role in doing just that.