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Full Name: Curtis Montague Schilling Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 5"/205 First Game: September 7, 1988
Birthdate: November 14, 1966 MLB Experience: 19 years
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Born on November 14, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska, Curt Schilling (Curtis Montague Schilling) played for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox over the course of his 19 year career. Schilling broke into the bigs on September 7, 1988 with the Baltimore Orioles, and put up a 3.81 ERA in 75.2 innings pitched in 1991, his rookie year.

Most people believe that Curt Schilling's best season was 2002, when he posted a 3.23 ERA, won 23 games and struck out 316 batters.

It's been a long, borderline Hall of Fame career for the big righty. He made a name for himself in Philadelphia, became a superstar in Arizona, and has been raised to legend status in Boston. His postseason heroics will be talked about for years to come in Red Sox Nation. He has three World Series rings (one with the 2001 Diamondbacks and two with the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox), and has finished second in the Cy Young voting 3 times, but has never actually won it.

Is he a Hall of Famer? Many baseball fans would answer yes. But his 3.46 career ERA would be higher than any current Hall member. And he has only 216 wins in his career. He has had a very good career, and at times, he has been great, but he has not maintained that level of greatness over the course of his entire career. He has stated that he is retiring after the 2007 season, also the end of his current contract with the Red Sox. If he is able to put together two more great seasons before then, he may have a chance, but as of right now he may not be Hall-worthy.

Personal life

  • Curt and his wife Shonda have four kids together: Gehrig (5/27/95), Gabriella (5/22/97), Grant (10/3/99), and Garrison (6/27/02).
  • He is a huge history buff (mainly World War II). He collects helmets and knives that were used at that time. He also has 2,000+ books about history in his home back in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • He is a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Schilling also contributed $1 million to 3 organizations: United Way ($500,000) and the ALS Chapter of Philadelphia and Phoenix ($250,000 each) when he signed a contract extension with Arizona in 2001. Has received numerous honors for his initiatives.
  • He was the recipient of the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award, presented by Major League Baseball to the player who best combines excellence on the field with devotion to community service. In that same year, he received the Branch Rickey Award from the Rotary Club of Denver, the Hutch Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Humanitarian Award from the North Carolina ALS Association.
  • He won the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association Humanitarian Award in 2000 and was selected as the 2002 Philanthropist of the Year by Worth Magazine.
  • In 1996, Schilling received the Phi Delta Theta's Lou Gehrig Award, which is presented annually to the major leaguer who best exemplifies the character of the Hall of Famer and fraternity member, and was named as Baseball's Most Caring Athlete by USA Today Weekend.
  • Schilling, like many ballplayers, has several superstitions. Some of them are to never step on the foul line when walking to or from the mound, kissing his lucky necklace before he starts pitching, and to warm up at exactly 6:45 pm when starting night games.

Scouting Report

During the prime of his career, Schilling was capable of reaching and sustaining speeds of 94-98 mph on his 4-seam fastball. Throughout his career, he has been characterized by a determination to go deep into ballgames, routinely pitching past the sixth and seventh innings. He has combined his endurance with pinpoint control, especially on his fastball. Schilling's "out" pitch is his split-finger fastball, which he generally locates beneath the strike zone (resulting in many swinging strikeouts). He also possesses an above-average changeup, and a decent slider. His four main pitches are so good that he doesn't need to use a curveball in his pitching arsenal. He loves to have the ball when the game is on the line and he is one of the most competitive guys in the game. His control has remained excellent, and he consistently sports one of the best K/BB ratios in MLB, including the highest K/BB ratio of all time.

After a shoulder injury in the 2007 season, Schilling has had to reinvent himself as a finesse pitcher, pitching much more to contact and relying on his control. He fastball now rarely gets above 91 mph.

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1988 BAL A 4 4 0 3 9.82 4 19 16 0 0 0 14.2 22 3 10 1 2 1
1989 BAL A 5 1 0 1 6.23 6 6 6 0 0 0 8.2 10 2 3 0 1 0
1990 BAL A 35 0 1 2 2.54 32 13 13 0 0 3 46 38 1 19 0 0 0
1991 HOU N 56 0 3 5 3.81 71 35 32 0 0 8 75.2 79 2 39 7 4 0
1992 PHI N 42 26 14 11 2.35 147 67 59 10 4 2 226.1 165 11 59 4 4 1
1993 PHI N 34 34 16 7 4.02 186 114 105 7 2 0 235.1 234 23 57 6 9 4
1994 PHI N 13 13 2 8 4.48 58 42 41 1 0 0 82.1 87 10 28 3 3 3
1995 PHI N 17 17 7 5 3.57 114 52 46 1 0 0 116 96 12 26 2 0 3
1996 PHI N 26 26 9 10 3.19 182 69 65 8 2 0 183.1 149 16 50 5 5 3
1997 PHI N 35 35 17 11 2.97 319 96 84 7 2 0 254.1 208 25 58 3 5 5
1998 PHI N 35 35 15 14 3.25 300 101 97 15 2 0 268.2 236 23 61 3 12 6
1999 PHI N 24 24 15 6 3.54 152 74 71 8 1 0 180.1 159 25 44 0 4 5
2000 PHI N 16 16 6 6 3.91 96 49 49 4 1 0 112.2 110 17 32 4 4 1
2000 ARI N 13 13 5 6 3.69 72 41 40 4 1 0 97.2 94 10 13 0 0 0
2000 TOT N 29 29 11 12 3.81 168 90 89 8 2 0 210.1 204 27 45 4 4 1
2001 ARI N 35 35 22 6 2.98 293 86 85 6 1 0 256.2 237 37 39 0 4 1
2002 ARI N 36 35 23 7 3.23 316 95 93 5 1 0 259.1 218 29 33 1 6 3
2003 ARI N 24 24 8 9 2.95 194 58 55 3 2 0 168 144 17 32 2 4 3
2004 BOS A 32 32 21 6 3.26 203 84 82 3 0 0 226.2 206 23 35 0 3 5
2005 BOS A 32 11 8 8 5.69 87 59 59 0 0 9 93.1 121 12 22 0 1 3
2006 BOS A 31 31 15 7 3.97 183 90 90 0 0 0 204 220 28 28 1 1 3
2007 BOS A 24 24 9 8 3.87 101 68 65 1 1 0 151 165 21 23 1 0 2
Total NL 406 333 162 111 3.30 2500 979 922 79 19 10 2516.2 2216 257 571 40 64 38
Total AL 163 103 54 35 4.00 616 339 331 4 1 12 744.1 782 90 140 3 8 14
Total 569 436 216 146 3.46 3116 1318 1253 83 20 22 3261 2998 347 711 43 72 52

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1988 BAL A P 4 4 14.2 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 0 .000
1989 BAL A P 5 1 8.2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1.000
1990 BAL A P 35 0 46 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1.000
1991 HOU N P 56 0 75.2 6 4 1 0 0 1 3 4 0 .909
1992 PHI N P 42 26 226.1 14 21 3 1 0 3 7 7 0 .921
1993 PHI N P 34 34 235.1 6 36 0 1 0 1 11 11 1 1.000
1994 PHI N P 13 13 82.1 2 11 1 0 0 2 6 1 0 .929
1995 PHI N P 17 17 116 2 8 1 1 0 4 11 2 1 .909
1996 PHI N P 26 26 183.1 10 8 1 0 0 1 3 6 0 .947
1997 PHI N P 35 35 254.1 20 28 1 2 0 0 9 9 3 .980
1998 PHI N P 35 35 268.2 18 33 2 3 0 3 10 5 0 .962
1999 PHI N P 24 24 180.1 11 19 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 1.000
2000 PHI N P 16 16 112.2 6 8 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 1.000
2000 ARI N P 13 13 97.2 5 11 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.000
2000 TOT N P 29 29 210.1 11 19 0 0 0 0 2 6 0 1.000
2001 ARI N P 35 35 256.2 15 21 1 4 0 2 4 9 2 .973
2002 ARI N P 36 35 259.1 9 16 0 1 0 1 9 6 0 1.000
2003 ARI N P 24 24 168 8 13 5 1 0 1 3 3 0 .808
2004 BOS A P 32 32 226.2 16 14 0 2 0 0 6 1 1 1.000
2005 BOS A P 32 11 93.1 7 7 2 1 0 0 4 0 1 .875
2006 BOS A P 31 31 204 14 26 3 1 0 0 6 5 3 .930
2007 BOS A P 24 24 151 12 9 0 0 0 0 5 1 1 1.000
Total P 569 436 3261 183 297 22 19 0 22 105 79 14 .956

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1988 BAL A 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1989 BAL A 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1990 BAL A 35 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991 HOU N 56 3 0 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1992 PHI N 42 64 3 10 0 3 .156 .169 .172 1 0 1 22 0 8 0 0 0
1993 PHI N 34 75 3 11 0 2 .147 .169 .160 1 0 2 19 0 13 0 0 0
1994 PHI N 13 28 0 3 0 1 .107 .138 .107 0 0 1 10 0 1 0 0 1
1995 PHI N 17 40 3 7 0 3 .175 .175 .225 2 0 0 15 0 5 0 0 1
1996 PHI N 28 63 1 11 0 4 .175 .188 .190 1 0 1 24 0 7 0 0 1
1997 PHI N 35 81 4 14 0 1 .173 .181 .185 1 0 1 32 0 12 1 0 3
1998 PHI N 35 76 3 10 0 3 .132 .165 .158 2 0 3 26 0 12 0 0 0
1999 PHI N 24 50 5 5 0 3 .100 .211 .160 1 1 7 28 0 9 0 0 0
2000 PHI N 16 30 0 5 0 1 .167 .194 .200 1 0 1 4 0 2 0 0 0
2000 ARI N 13 31 2 8 0 3 .258 .258 .323 2 0 0 11 0 7 0 0 0
2000 TOT N 29 61 2 13 0 4 .213 .226 .262 3 0 1 15 0 9 0 0 0
2001 ARI N 35 83 4 11 0 1 .133 .143 .145 1 0 1 28 0 14 0 0 0
2002 ARI N 36 86 7 15 0 3 .174 .211 .174 0 0 4 26 0 8 0 0 2
2003 ARI N 24 52 4 3 0 0 .058 .109 .058 0 0 3 21 0 4 0 0 0
2004 BOS A 32 7 0 1 0 0 .143 .143 .143 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2005 BOS A 32 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 BOS A 31 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2007 BOS A 24 2 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 408 762 39 114 0 29 .150 .176 .169 13 1 25 266 0 102 1 0 8
Total AL 163 11 0 3 0 0 .273 .273 .273 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Total 571 773 39 117 0 29 .151 .178 .171 13 1 25 270 0 102 1 0 8

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