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Curt Schilling hit 52 batters in his major league career. Evidently, few were by accident.
Talking with Rob Bradford and Lou Merloni on the Bradfo Sho podcast, Schilling went into great detail how revenge should be enacted when a pitcher hits a batter. It is a scenario that brought into the news over the weekend because of Matt Barnes’ misplaced fastball near Manny Machado’s head, and one that Schilling explained he was well versed in.
“I hit very few guys I didn’t try to hit,” Schilling said. “I didn’t have enough of Pedro in me, but I had a little. There are some guys I did that to. But I never went above the shoulder. Ask anybody, getting hit by a baseball underneath the arm, in the armpit to the side of the ribs is something nobody forgets.”
Upon identifying the preferred location of any purpose pitch, Merloni immediately concurred.
“The ribs suck,” he said.
Schilling offered the example of Andres Galarraga’s lack of success against the pitcher in their 50 showdowns, with the former first baseman hitting just .120 against the righty, while striking out 22 times. As Schilling pointed out, the “Big Cat” was also the all-time leader in getting hit by pitches from the Red Sox righty (4).
Schilling even had an example of protecting the player in the middle of the current controversy.
“The first time I ever met Dustin Pedroia I was rehabbing in Triple-A,” he recalled. “I was starting the game and in the top of the first somebody for the Indianapolis team drilled Dustin. He came back to the bench and I asked him, ‘Who do you want me to get?’ He’s like, ‘What do you mean?’ I’m like, ‘I’m going to hit somebody so you need to tell me who it needs to be.’ He’s like, ‘Really?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s how this is supposed to work. I don’t give a [expletive] if I’m on rehab.’ So he gave me a guy and I drilled him.”