Curt Schilling retires

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    BOSTON (AP) -- 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.

    Schilling won a World Series with Arizona in 2001 and with Boston in 2004 and 2007.

    In his first year in Boston in 2004, he helped the team win its first World Series in 86 years, pitching Game 2 of a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals after a surgical procedure to suture a loose tendon in his right ankle and with blood seeping through his sock. The sock is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    He was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round of the 1986 draft, but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles before playing for the big league club. He pitched for the Orioles, Houston, Philadelphia and Arizona before being wooed to the Red Sox by general manager Theo Epstein.

    Schilling, one of the sport's hard throwers, finishes his career with 3,116 strikeouts, 14th most in baseball history, a 216-146 record and a 3.46 ERA.

    He was even better in the postseason, with an 11-2 record, the best of any pitcher with at least 10 decisions, and 2.23 ERA in 19 career starts.

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    He had a nice run, I remember him when he was an Astros reliver!
     
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    No surprise here. The man's got my respect for what he accomplished here in Boston.

    Hall of Famer?

    I say yes.

    It'd be nice if he had more than the 216 wins but the 3k+ strikeouts, better than 4-1career K to BB ratio (which is insane), the sub 3.50 career ERA in the steroid era, and his post season dominance with 3 rings to show for it gets him in, IMO.
     
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    yeah, i think he goes in on his second or third try. post-season he just killed.
     
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    On the bright side, at least us Sox fans no longer have to cheer for this particular douchebag.
     
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    he's a blowhard for sure, but on the field i had no problem cheering for him.
     
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    No way to the HoF for a pitcher with only 216 wins.

    He was good, but he didn't dominate his era and never won a Cy Young.
     
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    Same.
     
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    It's a different era, Xeno. The days of the 4 man rotation and pitchers throwing 330+ innings a season are long gone. New standards are going to be set.

    He was dominant though not for an particularly long time and he had the unfortunate disadvantage of pitching behind Randy Johnson when he was at his best, hence the lack of a Cy Young.
     
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    I'd take the other side of that bet.
     

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