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It seems now 38pitches.com may turn into 38putts.com or 38tans.com as Curt Schilling today announced his not-so-unexpected retirement from baseball. Schilling, 42, had indicated he was likely to retire from the game instead of pitching another season.
Schilling leaves behind an interesting legacy full of big time playoff performances with the D-Backs and Red Sox and off the field issues usually caused by his attitude of saying what’s on his mind. The burly righty finished a probable Hall of Fame 20 year career with 216 wins and 3,116 strikeouts.
My Take: Can’t say I’m surprised by this announcement as it looked as though we had seen the last of Schilling. It’s not a huge blow to the Red Sox – who have a stacked pitching staff as it is – but more for the game of baseball as they lose a character who was never afraid to say what others were thinking. From his dominant season with the Diamondbacks in 2001 to the bloody sock, Schilling will most be remembered for his grit on the field rather than his words off of it.