Former star pitcher turned television analyst Curt Schilling announced Wednesday that he is battling cancer.
After retiring in 2009 after spending 20 years in the major leagues Schilling, 47, announced in a statement released through his employer, Bristol-based ESPN, that he has cancer. It was not indicated what type of cancer Schilling has, when he was diagnosed or what his prognosis might be.
“With my incredibly talented medical team I’m ready to try and win another big game,” he said. “I’ve been so very blessed and I feel grateful for what God has allowed my family to have and experience, and I’ll embrace this fight just like the rest of them, with resolute faith and head on.”
ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Schilling is taking a leave of absence.
During his Major League career, Schilling played for five teams, winning three world championships with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001) and Boston Red Sox (2004, 2007). In 2001, he won the World Series MVP award along with teammate Randy Johnson.
Recently, Schilling has been in the news due to the failure of 38 Studios, a video game company he owned in RI with the help of a $75 million loan.
The company went bankrupt last year, leaving Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook to pay back tens of millions of dollars. Schilling has said he invested and lost nearly $50 million.