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Wakefield to announce retirement

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:51 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 12:14 pm
Tim Wakefield's knuckleball got him 17 years with the Red Sox and two World Series rings.

He decided not to try for one more.

The 45-year-old Wakefield will announce his retirement Friday afternoon, the team announced. He'll leave with 200 career wins, 186 of them with Boston.

The Red Sox had offered Wakefield a chance to come to spring training to win a job, but the right-hander decided against it. He leaves just six wins shy of the franchise record, which is shared by Cy Young and Roger Clemens. Wakefield does hold the Red Sox record for most games started with 430, 48 ahead of Clemens, who is second. He is also the first Red Sox to pitch 3,000 innings for the team.

And the only three players to play more seasons for the Red Sox than Wakefield? Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Dwight Evans.

Wakefield's Red Sox career is quite a success story. Signed originally by the Pirates as a first baseman, he turned to pitching when his career stalled, and learned the knuckleball. He made it to the big leagues with the Pirates, but they released him in spring training 1995. He signed with the Red Sox, won 16 games that year, and has been a big part of their team ever since.

Wakefield leaves with the most career wins of any active pitcher (Roy Halladay is the new leader, with 188).

Category: MLB

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:22 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

Can anyone say Aaron Boone?
ALL positive posts about a respected player.

Yours is the only negative.

Yes Jackoff, you're quite the chump! 

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:09 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

Good bye Timmy!  You were one of my favorite Sox palyers.  I, like you and most true Sox fans, lived and died with the knuckleball.  Wasn't a big fan of Mirabelli but he could handle catching that pitch.  I wish you were the all time Sox leader in wins but he,y third all time is nothing to be ashamed of.  You are a class act and thanks for the memories. 

Since: Sep 11, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:57 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

Why retire? Considering his pitching style he could win 10-12 games the next 3 years, which in today's MLB financial climate would net him around 45 million or so.

Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:55 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

I hope he's not retiring because he thinks he's washed up..................he probably could still make most ballclubs at least in a long relief role, and in the case of the Red Sox, he still easily makes the ball mentioned by another poster, he cared more about his team than making the most money he could..........................base

ball will miss him and hopefully he turns up as a coach or in the front office...................

Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:48 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

I had the honor of shaking Wakes hand in the Fenway dugout, while on a Protective Service Detail for an Army General throwing out the first pitch a few years back. He was a true professional and it is something I will never forget.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:32 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

I am a Red Sox hater but a Wakefield "liker". Seems like a class act who just went about his business. Good luck in your post-baseball life, Mr. Wakefield.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:25 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

Can anyone say Aaron Boone?

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:21 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

On day one of the season, they should retire that number.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:05 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

I'm going to miss Wake - especially for the weird way that ball flew from his hand at times.  You never knew where it was going to land.  Congrats to Doug Mirabelli for being the only guy who could consistently catch Wake over the years.  Wake was, and always will be a Red Sox player and to me he gets grouped into the same work-man, blue-collar group as players like Trot Nixon, Bill Mueller, etc - the dirt dogs. 
People should never, ever forget the role that Wake played in the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series.  If Wake did not come in during Game 3 of the ALCS in relief, the bullpen would have been taxed and there is no way that the Red Sox pull off that epic comeback.   
When I think of Tim Wakefield I will remember the fact that he was an inning-eater whose efforts may not have always resulted in a "W" but whose efforts meant that the bullpen got a night off, or less guys had to work, and as long as the sox played solid defense and hit it also meant that they had a chance to win.  Unfortunately like all things - watching Wake pitch and do so effectively has come to an end. 
Tim - you are a class act.  I hope you enjoy your newly acquired free time hunting with Mike Timlin and Kevin Millar.  We love you in Boston and we always will.    

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:01 pm

Wakefield to announce retirement

Tim Wakefield seemed to the a shining example of a team player and putting himself second.  He never chased the money, saw himself as being able to throw a pitch that no one else could, and did whatever the Red Sox asked of him.  Congratulations on a long-lasting career.  I hope the Red Sox give you the ceremony and send off that you deserve.

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