Although he never officially announced his retirement, Curt Schilling previously hinted that his career was probably over after he had surgery on his right arm last June. Now he reportedly wants to make a comeback.
Schilling, who doesn't have an agent, mentioned Tampa Bay and Chicago as potential landing spots. Those are interesting choices, given Rays manager Joe Maddon is new age and Cubs skipper Lou Piniella is old-school.
It's was not the first time he's mentioned the Rays. Pitching in Tampa Bay would keep Schilling, a self-described adrenaline junkie, in the competitive American League East, presenting him with several opportunities to face the Red Sox and Yankees. He's also a fan of Maddon.
"Joe Maddon is a truly good guy," Schilling wrote on his blog in January. "I've known him for 20-plus years and he's a major reason I was even discovered. I don't know what kind of manager he is but I've heard nothing that would make me not want to play for him or think it wouldn't be a blast."
Having already helped the Red Sox end an 86-year championship drought, Schilling has a similar motive with the Cubs, who haven't won the World Series since 1908. In some ways Chicago is similar to Boston. Both are big market teams with fatalistic fan bases and tough media.,
The know-it-all Schilling and tougher-than-anyone Piniella both have bold personalities. The two have already been in a verbal joust. Schilling called the fiery Piniella an "idiot" when he was managing Tampa Bay manager in 2005 after the Red Sox and Rays had two bench-clearing incidents triggered by beanballs and brushback pitches.