Tuesday, April 29, 2008

1993 Phillies World Series Team: Schilling

Curt Schilling - 1993 Bowman

Curt was the Red Sox 2nd round draft pick in 1986. In 1988, he was traded by the Red Sox to the Orioles with Brady Anderson for Mike Boddicker. He made his major league debut on 9/7/88. In January 1991, the Orioles traded Schilling, Steve Finley and Pete Harnich to the Astros for Glenn Davis. The Orioles and Astros used Schilling mostly in a relief role (he did start 5 games for the Orioles). In April, 1992, the Astros traded Schilling to the Phillies for Jason Grimsley. The Phillies made him a starter and he respond by going 14 and 11 with a 3.81 ERA. In 1993 he had the best season of his career with a 16-7 record and a 2.35 ERA. This, in fact would be his best season until 2001 when he would go 21-6 for the Diamondbacks. Schilling would be the ace of the Phillies staff until 2000, with a record of 112-90 for mostly mediocre Phillies teams.

Schilling was fantastic in the 1993 playoffs. In 2 games in the NLCS he posted a 1.69 ERA and 19 strikeouts, and even though he didn't actually win a game he was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player. He was 1-1 with an ERA of 3.52 in the World Series. Phillies fans will mostly remember Curt sitting in the dugout with a towel over his head while Mitch Williams tried to get out of trouble.

In mid-2000, the Phillies traded Schilling to the Diamondbacks for Omar Daal, Nelson Firueroa, Travis Lee (nicknamed by the Phillies fans, Travis Leave) and Vincente Padilla. Schilling went on to have a tremendous next two seasons going 21-6 in 2001 and 23-7 in 2002. Oh and being co-MVP (with Randy Johnson) as the Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

Schilling was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Red Sox in 2003 and the 2004 Red Sox won the World Series.

Through the 2007 Schilling has a career record of 216-146, with a career ERA of 3.46 and 3,116 strikeouts. He has been one of the most dominating pitchers since 1992 and has $106, 158,000 to show for it. He is a 7-time All Star and the winner of many awards (1993 NLCS MVP, 1995 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, 2001 Babe Ruth Award, Branch Rickey Award, Hutch Award, Roberto Clemente Award, Worlds Series co-MVP and NL-TSN Pitcher of the Year and 2002 NL-TSN Pitcher of the Year).

In my opinion, a future Hall Of Famer.

Schilling has also been a controversial and outspoken person both on and off the field. There is a long article on Schilling on Wikipedia which you can find here.

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