This day in blood and baseball: Twins shakeup and Schilling to sell his sock?

  • Blog Post by: Michael Rand
  • October 4, 2012 - 3:02 PM

You have undoubtedly heard this already, but the Twins are shaking up their coaching staff. Bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek and third base coach Steve Liddle have been fired, while hitting coach Joe Vavra has been reassigned. It's the second consecutive year that a last-place season has been followed by a significant off-field move; last year, of course, GM Bill Smith was replaced by Terry Ryan.

Fans who want to #firegardy or see Rick Anderson go are likely to be disappointed, it seems. Jim Souhan offers some insight into replacements.

If you would like to join an immature Twitter party, the hashtag #twinsshakeup is going strong.

In other news, Curt Schilling is out of money. He might also be out of stock. What he does have, however, is ... sock?

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling might have to sell or give up the famed blood-stained sock he wore on the team’s way to the 2004 World Series championship to cover millions of dollars in loans he guaranteed to his failed video game company.

Schilling, whose Providence-based 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy in June, listed the sock as collateral to Bank Rhode Island in a September filing with the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office. The sock is on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Schilling also listed a baseball hat believed to have been worn by New York Yankees great Lou Gehrig and his collection of World War II memorabilia, including some the filing said is being held at the National World War II Museum.

Schilling told WEEI-AM in Boston on Thursday that possibly having to sell the sock is part of ‘‘having to pay for your mistakes.’’ He said that ‘‘I put myself out there’’ in personally guaranteeing loans to 38 Studios and is seeking what he called an amicable solution with the bank.

‘‘I'm obligated to try and make amends and, unfortunately, this is one of the byproducts of that,’’ he told the station.

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