Bristol, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Former major league pitcher and current
baseball analyst Curt Schilling revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosed
with cancer in a statement released by his present employer, ESPN.
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet
the challenges," the statement read. "We've been presented with another
challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."
ESPN has yet to disclose what its plans are for Schilling for the upcoming
season. The 47-year-old six-time All-Star was slated to be part of the
network's broadcast crew for its national "Sunday Night Baseball" telecasts.
"Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time," said
ESPN in a statement. "His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in his
cancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseball
coverage whenever he's ready."
Schilling pitched 20 seasons in the majors with five different teams
(Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona, Boston) before retiring following
the 2007 campaign. He has served as an analyst with ESPN since 2010.
The right-hander compiled a 216-146 record along with a 3.46 earned run
average and 3,116 strikeouts, which ranks 15th on baseball's all-time list.
Schilling twice won 20 games in a season, notching a career-best 22 with the
Diamondbacks in 2001 and posting 21 victories with the Red Sox in 2004. Both
of those teams went on to win the World Series.
A renowned postseason performer as well, Schilling is perhaps best remembered
for his performance in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series
-- commonly known as "The Bloody Sock Game." Pitching on a badly injured right
ankle, he led the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees that
forced a Game 7, which Boston ultimately won en route to its first world
championship since 1918.
Schilling also shared World Series MVP honors with fellow pitcher Randy
Johnson in 2001 and was a part of three world championship teams, having
closed out his career with the 2007 Red Sox. He compiled an 11-2 record with a
2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts, including a 4-1 mark in seven World Series
"With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another big
game," said Schilling. "I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what
God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fight
just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."
Schilling's wife, Shonda, is a cancer survivor, having battled stage 2
malignant melanoma in 2001.
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