Curt Schilling announces his retirement
March 23, 2009
Sporting News staff reports
Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is retiring after 20 years in the majors, he announced on his blog today.
"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 my retirement official," Schilling wrote at 38pitches.com, his official blog.
Schilling, 42, had shoulder surgery and did not pitch in 2008.
The six-time All Star and 2001 co-World Series MVP finishes his career with a 216-140 record, a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts. He pitched in the World Series four times, winning with the Diamondbacks in 2001 and the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.
"That there are men with plaques in Cooperstown who never experienced one, and I was able to be on three teams over seven years that won it all is another 'beyond my wildest dreams' set of memories I'll be allowed to take with me," Schilling wrote.
Originally drafted by the Red Sox in 1986, Schilling pitched for the Orioles, Astros, Phillies, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He twice led his league in wins and strikeouts.
Schilling was the Sporting News NL Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and 2002.