March 6, 2014 |
Ian Kinsler, who was traded from Texas to the Detroit Tigers in the offseason, said Tuesday some critical statements attributed to him in an ESPN The Magazine story were taken out of context. In the story, Detroit's new second baseman blamed Rangers GM Jon Daniels for the departure of Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan. "Daniels is a sleazeball," Kinsler was quoted as saying. "He got in good with the owners and straight pushed Ryan out. He thought all the things he should get credit for, Ryan got credit for. " Kinsler was also quoted as saying he hopes the Rangers lose every game: "To be honest with you, I hope they go 0-162.
February 7, 2014 |
Curt Schilling, one of the Phillies' all-time greatest pitchers and a current ESPN analyst, revealed Wednesday that he has cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. "We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer. " Schilling did not disclose the specific nature of his illness. The network was unclear about whether Schilling, 47, will assume his duties this season as an analyst for ESPN's Sunday night telecasts.
October 10, 2013 |
WOE TO Curt Schilling , who is auctioning off his household items Saturday in Medfield, Mass., to satisfy creditors from his failed video-game company, 38 Studios. Fortunately for us vultures, all of the items he is set to auction were put online. The weirdest item? Two promotional baseball caps for the movie "Flubber," signed by star Robin Williams . The saddest? All of the toys. Even the stuffed animals have to go, Curt? His movie and TV preferences are interesting.
October 9, 2013 |
CURT SCHILLING is having a garage sale. The former Phillies and Red Sox pitcher, whose video-game company filed for bankruptcy last year, has hired an estate-sale company to sell off a slew of personal items, including a baseball glove chair and an old-fashioned Coca-Cola vending machine. Schilling is being sued by Rhode Island's economic development agency, which approved a $75 million loan for 38 Studios, a video-game startup that filed for bankruptcy last June. The suit claims Schilling and other execs knew the company would fail before it accepted the money.
September 24, 2013 |
ANY ATTEMPT to handicap future Hall of Fame votes is complicated by the need to predict the whims of an electorate whose homogenous composition leaves it susceptible to groupthink, regional bias and moralistic crusading. Exhibit A: The most recent round of voting, in which Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds were each named on fewer than 40 percent of ballots despite credentials that would appear to make them surefire Hall of Famers (the threshold for induction is 75 percent)
August 5, 2013
CURTIN' CALL * Re: Schilling talks Phillies, regrets (Aug. 2): Curt Schilling for all he did good for the Phillies will always be remebered forthe towel over his head in the 1993 World Series. To this day, I can say I was disappointed in the fact he only did that to Mitch Williams. He showed up a teamate and that is not something you do ever and to do it in the World Series is even worse. Curt pitched well as a Phillie and if you can forget the forced trade and the towel he was a good pitcher for the Phillies.
August 2, 2013 |
THE BIRTH of the best big-game pitcher of the last quarter-century took place two decades ago in South Philly. The Phillies entered the day facing elimination and were three outs away from taking the World Series back to Toronto when Curt Schilling took the mound for the ninth inning at Veterans Stadium. He was working on a five-hit shutout. "I remember kind of feeling the stadium moving," Schilling said. With 62,706 people about to go berserk in the ballpark, Schilling made quick work of the only three batters he faced, including two guys who would finish in the top three of the American League MVP voting that year (John Olerud and Paul Molitor)
April 29, 2013
Philadelphia's Top 50 Baseball Players By Rich Westcott University of Nebraska Press. 272 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Larry Eichel According to local baseball historian Rich Westcott, someone named Bob Johnson is one of the top 50 baseball players in Philadelphia history. Never heard of him? The man known as "Indian Bob" (he was one-quarter Cherokee) played for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1933 through 1942, spending most of his time in left field.
April 4, 2013 |
ATLANTA - Mind over matter. Stamina over stuff. Brain over brawn. For Roy Halladay, perhaps it won't be all that difficult to continue his evolution as a major league pitcher. He was burned at an early age and rebuilt, in part with an overhaul to his mechanics and in part to the power of positive thinking. If the last 12 months are any indication, Halladay doesn't have the $20 million arm that made him baseball's best pitcher for the majority of the last decade. But he still has the tireless work ethic and meticulous game preparation.
April 3, 2013 |
THE NEW YORK Yankees set a record for baseball's highest Opening Day payroll at $230.4 million, almost 10 times what the Houston Astros are paying their players. After all the talk of spending restraint during the offseason, the Yankees began the season well ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are at $214.8 million and only the second franchise to break the $200 million barrier, according to a study of big-league contracts by the Associated Press. Houston was last at $27.3 million, less than the major league-leading $29 million for the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.