Curt Schilling would like to manage the Phillies

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that “friends close to Curt Schilling” say he wants to interview for the Phillies managerial opening and/or the RedSox pitching coach job. They say he’d “love to get back in the game.”

I don’t know how much weight to give this report because it’s based on the premise that Schilling has friends and, frankly, I have a hard time seeing that.

That aside, I have a hard time seeing how, based on his post playing career track record, Schilling could be hired for any forward-facing job like manager or coach, regardless of his baseball knowledge and experience. You have to deal with the media in those jobs and Schilling, as part of his right wing talking head schtick, has demonized the media over the past couple of years, going so far as to endorse the sentiment that journalists should be killed.

Was he joking? Does he do such things simply to get attention? Who cares? We are what we do, and no matter what his intent is, he has seriously and quite understandably alienated the working press. In light of that there is no one in their right mind who would give Schilling the job of being, basically, the face and defacto spokesman of their franchise. And that’s assuming you had any faith that he wouldn’t create more controversies with his mouth and conspiracy-addled brain going forward. Which I would not bet a lot of money on, frankly.

Schilling is one of the best pitchers of the past 30 years. He, in my estimate anyway, is of Hall of Fame caliber or is something very close to it. He was, at one time, the lead analyst for the game’s marquee broadcast each week. But he has totally, intentionally, driven all of that into the ditch based on his irresponsible and inflammatory public persona. If indeed it is just a persona.

Dude made his bed. He’s gonna have to lay in it. And it’s not gonna be in a hotel suite down the hall from the rest of a major league ballclub on road trips.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).