Former Boston Red Sox ace Curt Schilling will see your Biogenesis anti-aging scandal and raise you a colossal accusation against his past management team.
In an interview with ESPN radio yesterday, Schilling, who retired after being unable to recover from a rotator cuff injury that forced him to miss the entire 2008 season, accused some “former members of the Red Sox organization” of suggesting that he try performance enhancing drugs in an effort to return to the mound quicker.
Schilling went on to say that the unnamed culprits tried to convince him that PEDs presented a low-risk, high-reward solution that could prolong his career.
“…it was suggested to me that at my age and in my situation, why not? What did I have to lose? Because if I wasn’t going to get healthy, then it didn’t matter. And if I did get healthy, great.”
The news has caused immediate speculation as to who was involved in these conversations. Members of Red Sox management in 2008 that are no longer with the team include former manager Terry Francona (who is good friends with Schilling), GM Theo Epstein, and bench coach Brad Mills. The pitching coach back in 2008 was John Farrell, the team’s current manager. Whether Schilling will be pushed by MLB for more details regarding his revelation remains to be seen.
Schilling had a very successful 20-year run in baseball, finishing with a career record of 216-146, a 3.46 ERA, and 3,116 strikeouts. He has the second best strikeout to walk ratio in MLB history (4.383).
(JM Catellier is the author of the book Fixing Baseball, a guide to restructuring the Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter: @FixingBaseball and Facebook, and check out his site: www.fixingbaseball.com)