Phormer and Present Phillies Updates
Two news tidbits to share with you this afternoon, one about a former and the other a current Phillie.
In the Phormer Phillie Phile, Curt Schilling announced his retirement today. Schilling’s Phillies career began in 1992. His best year with the Phillies was 1997, when he won 17 games and struck out 319.
He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks midway through the 2000 season. He went on to win World Series titles with the D-backs in 2001, and then the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He did not play at all in 2008, due to shoulder problems.
In addition to World Series games won with Arizona and Boston, he also won a World Series game for the Phillies in 1993, although the Phils would lose the Series to the Blue Jays. He is the only pitcher to win a World Series start for three different teams.
I don’t have any photos of Curt from his time with the Phillies, but I do have a photo of the infamous bloody sock, which is on display at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Whatever Curt decides to do now that he is retired from baseball, I am sure we will hear about it! Curt is not one to keep things quiet. :-)
In current player news, the Phillies announced today that Kyle Kendrick has been optioned to minor league training camp. Considered the front-runner for the fifth starter’s postion at the beginning of Spring Training, Kendrick has been unimpressive thus far, going 1-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four Grapefruit League starts.
Kendrick is still only 24 years old, so hopefully he can get some issues ironed out in the minors, and be back up in the bigs soon. Good luck Kyle!
(both photos mine)