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Six-time All-Star Schilling retires

CURT Schilling announced his retirement on Monday after six All-Star appearances, three World Series championships and a reputation as one of baseball's best big-game performers.

"This party has officially ended," Schilling wrote on his blog

"After being blessed to experience 23 years of playing professional baseball in front of the world's best fans in so many different places, it is with zero regrets that I am making my retirement official."

Schilling, 42, last pitched in 2007 when he helped the Boston Red Sox defeat the Colorado Rockies in the World Series. The right-hander, who also played for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks, had a career 10-2 record in the postseason.

He closes out his career with a 216-146 record, a 3.46 ERA and 3,116 strikeouts. But he was at his best when it mattered most, compiling a 2.33 ERA in 19 postseason starts.

"To say I've been blessed would be like calling Refrigerator Perry 'a bit overweight'," Schilling said of the rotund former defensive tackle of the NFL's Chicago Bears.

"The things I was allowed to experience, the people I was able to call friends, team mates, mentors, coaches and opponents, the travel, all of it, are far more than anything I ever thought possible in my lifetime."

Shoulder problems prevented Schilling from playing last season. He played for the World Series-winning Diamondbacks in 2001 and Boston's championship teams in 2004 and 2007.

"The game was here long before I was, and will be here long after I am gone," he said. "The only thing I hope I did was never put in question my love for the game, or my passion to be counted ... I did everything I could to win every time I was handed the ball."


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