MLB notes: Schilling's cancer enters remission

Former MLB starting pitcher Curt Schilling. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

Former MLB starting pitcher Curt Schilling. (BRIAN SNYDER/Reuters)

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Curt Schilling, who won 216 games in 20 major league seasons, announced Wednesday that his cancer diagnosed in February is in remission.

The type of cancer still has not been disclosed. Schilling's wife Shonda was diagnosed with stage-2 melanoma in 2001.

"To the many many amazing folks at Dana Farber, B & W and Mass General, thank you and to the amazing team these past 5 months. I've been told my cancer is in remission, start the 5 year clock," Schilling wrote on his Facebook page.

Schilling had been working as a television analyst with ESPN at the time of the diagnosis. He appeared at Fenway Park for the 10-year anniversary celebration of the 2004 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team a few weeks ago.

In his career, Schilling, 47, pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies, Arizona Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He went 216-146 with a 3.46 ERA. His 3,116 strikeouts rank 15th all-time in the majors.

LAWSUIT AGAINST INDIANS

A Native American group is planning to file a federal lawsuit against the Cleveland Indians next month for their "offensive" Chief Wahoo logo, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.

Robert Roche, a Chiricahua Apache and director of the American Indian Education Center, told CBS Cleveland he is planning to file the a federal lawsuit in late July against the Indians organization. Roche, who is also the leader of the group People Not Mascots, said the lawsuit will challenge that the team's name and Chief Wahoo logo are racist.

"We're going to be asking for $9 billion and we're basing it on a hundred years of disparity, racism, exploitation and profiteering," Roche told WEWS-TV. "It's been offensive since day one. We are not mascots. My children are not mascots. We are people."

Native Americans and supporters have protested for many years the use of the Indians team name and the Chief Wahoo logo, which shows an Indian with bright red skin, an exaggerated smile and a feather in his hair.

Chief Wahoo has been the symbol of the Indians since the 1940s. The Indians have been gradually phasing out the Chief Wahoo logo over the last few years, replacing it at times with the red block letter "C" logo.

MASCOT LAWSUIT REVIVED

A longtime baseball fan has persuaded the Missouri Supreme Court to revive his negligence lawsuit against the Kansas City Royals over a detached retina he claimed to suffer when a hot dog tossed by the baseball team's mascot struck him in the face.

The court said the trial judge erred by letting jurors consider whether being struck by a hot dog was one of the inherent risks of attending a baseball game. It said this was a question of law that the judge should have decided.

John Coomer said he was struck during a hot dog launch, a regular feature of Royals games in which the mascot Sluggerrr either threw or used an air gun to shoot hot dogs to fans from the roof of the visiting team's dugout.

Coomer claimed to have seen 175 Royals games before the Sept. 8, 2009, incident at Kauffman Stadium. He had moved near the dugout to get a better seat after rain thinned the crowd.

The hot dog launch had begun in 2000, and the Royals employee who portrayed Sluggerrr, a lion whose mane looks like a crown, testified that he tried to be careful. A jury assigned 100 percent of the fault to Coomer.

A’S FINALIZE STADIUM LEASE

The Oakland Athletics finalized a 10-year lease extension for O.co Coliseum on Wednesday.

"I commend the Oakland Athletics and the JPA for their efforts in reaching an extension for a lease at O.co Coliseum,” MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. “The agreement on this extension is a crucial first step towards keeping Major League Baseball in Oakland.

"I continue to believe that the Athletics need a new facility and am fully supportive of the club's view that the best site in Oakland is the Coliseum site. Contrary to what some have suggested, the committee that has studied this issue did not determine that the Howard Terminal site was the best location for a new facility in Oakland."


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