Bristol, CT (SportsNetwork.com) - Former major league pitcher and currentbaseball analyst Curt Schilling revealed Wednesday that he has been diagnosedwith cancer in a statement released by his present employer, ESPN.
"I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meetthe challenges," the statement read. "We've been presented with anotherchallenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer."
ESPN has yet to disclose what its plans are for Schilling for the upcomingseason. The 47-year-old six-time All-Star was slated to be part of thenetwork's broadcast crew for its national "Sunday Night Baseball" telecasts.
"Our thoughts are with Curt and his family during this challenging time," saidESPN in a statement. "His ESPN teammates wish him continued strength in hiscancer fight and we look forward to welcoming him back to our baseballcoverage whenever he's ready."
Schilling pitched 20 seasons in the majors with five different teams(Baltimore, Houston, Philadelphia, Arizona, Boston) before retiring followingthe 2007 campaign. He has served as an analyst with ESPN since 2010.
The right-hander compiled a 216-146 record along with a 3.46 earned runaverage and 3,116 strikeouts, which ranks 15th on baseball's all-time list.Schilling twice won 20 games in a season, notching a career-best 22 with theDiamondbacks in 2001 and posting 21 victories with the Red Sox in 2004. Bothof those teams went on to win the World Series.
A renowned postseason performer as well, Schilling is perhaps best rememberedfor his performance in Game 6 of the 2004 American League Championship Series-- commonly known as "The Bloody Sock Game." Pitching on a badly injured rightankle, he led the Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees thatforced a Game 7, which Boston ultimately won en route to its first worldchampionship since 1918.
Schilling also shared World Series MVP honors with fellow pitcher RandyJohnson in 2001 and was a part of three world championship teams, havingclosed out his career with the 2007 Red Sox. He compiled an 11-2 record with a2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts, including a 4-1 mark in seven World Seriesappearances.
"With my incredibly talented medical team I'm ready to try and win another biggame," said Schilling. "I've been so very blessed and I feel grateful for whatGod has allowed my family to have and experience, and I'll embrace this fightjust like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on."
Schilling's wife, Shonda, is a cancer survivor, having battled stage 2malignant melanoma in 2001.