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Skip Schumaker is retiring

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Skip Schumaker has been in Padres camp this spring. And he’s been getting good reviews with respect to how he’s fit in and how he’s commanded the respect of Padres players and coaches. Ultimately, though, playing is what matters and Schumaker has apparently decided that playing is not something he wants to do anymore: the Padres just announced he has retired.

Schumaker had an 11-year big league career between the Cardinals, Dodgers and Reds, splitting time between the outfield and second base. He played 1,149 games and put up a line of .278/.337/.364 with 28 homers and 284 RBI. He played in the playoffs in four different seasons — three with St. Louis, one with the Dodgers — and got a World Series ring in 2011 (He may have gotten one in 2006 too, but he wasn’t a major part of that club). His postseason highlight was probably going 6-for-10 with two doubles and three driven in in the 2011 NLDS against the Phillies.

Maybe that good fitting in and leadership stuff from this spring showed Schumaker that he would make a good coach or front office assistant. If that’s where his baseball journey goes next, this spring may very well have been more productive for him than he figured it would be.

Good luck, Skip.

Yadier Molina will start in today’s spring training game

St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina celebrates as he arrives home after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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Yesterday Yadier Molina hit off a tee for the first time this spring. It was thought that, within a week or so, he’d play in a game. Would you believe a day? At least sort of.

Molina is listed ninth in the batting order for today’s game against the Marlins. He will catch but will be pinch-hit for when his turn comes up in the order. Still, being in an actual game situation and catching will help him get on track for Opening Day.

At least Curt Schilling has a sense of humor about his job status

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I’ve given Curt Schilling a lot of crap in the past, but I have to tip my cap to him here.

Many people are passing this around, but I saw it via Meg Rowley of Lookout Landing and Baseball Prospectus. It’s from the public listing of federal campaign contributors. Schilling, not surprisingly, has made donations to political campaigns in the past.

In 2008, while still an active player, he donated to the McCain campaign and listed “Boston Red Sox” as his employer. This past January he donated a small amount to Ben Carson’s campaign and listed “ESPN” as his employer. That makes sense.

Last September, however, right on the heels of his suspension in the wake of his controversial social media habits, he was a bit more specific. Check out the middle one:

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I’m still not Curt Schilling’s greatest off-the-field fan, but I always retain some goodwill for people who have a sense of humor about stuff. Kudos to Schilling for being zen about his job status.