Add Curt Schilling to the growing list of people who soon will get a phone call from Major League Baseball. It intends to again ask the retired pitcher about his statement that the Red Sox encouraged him to use performance-enhancing drugs before he retired in 2009, an MLB spokesman said Thursday.
MLB officials already have their hands full with Biogenesis, the PED-tainted anti-aging clinic in South Florida, and Sports Illustrated reported Thursday that the Tigers' Jhonny Peralta also is among the names on the controversial documents. But Schilling's combustible comments to ESPN Radio on Thursday also are worth looking into, even though MLB reportedly investigated the matter back in 2008.
"At the end of my career, in 2008 when I had gotten hurt, there was a conversation that I was involved in, in which it was brought to my attention that this is a potential path I might want to pursue," Schilling told ESPN Radio.
"It was an incredibly uncomfortable conversation because it came up in the midst of a group of people. The other people weren't in the conversation but could clearly hear the conversation. And 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, it didn't matter. And if I did get healthy, great."
Schilling has been outspoken against PED use, and he also attacked Alex Rodriguez during his radio appearance, saying he believes the Yankees third baseman is "done" playing after these latest allegations involving the Biogenesis clinic.
"I don't think he's going to be able to play physically this year anyway," Schilling said. "I really don't. I would be shocked if he did (play again). Not shocked, I'd be surprised. I think he's done. I think everybody that has a say in him coming back wants him to be done."
Schilling also suggested that Rodriguez might be a product of what is looking more and more like a PED culture in South Florida now that the University of Miami has been implicated with Biogenesis (A-Rod didn't attend Miami). Schilling said he was "not surprised" when A-Rod's name surfaced on the clinic's documents, but when asked if he thinks A-Rod ever played "clean," Schilling hesitated.
"I don't know," he said. "Given where he came from ... and given all the stuff that's coming out, it seems that Florida is a hotbed for a lot of this stuff.
"I know there were always questions. There were a couple guys that were in the conversation well before this became a topic of conversation."