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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
Comments

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

As a Yankee fan... I never liked him. As a baseball fan, I have great respect for him. A classy ball player.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:36 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Quite a career for a fellow who started out as an infielder. He is in good company as a Red Sox career leader.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Tim Wakefield is all class.   It is a shame to have him leave a game that lacks quality players that are also geniune class acts too.  As someone who was priviledged to see him play in AAA Buffalo, he has been a momument of greatness throughout the years even as the game was changed and tainted by performance enhancing drugs.

Well Done, Mr. Wakefield.   Well Done.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:16 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

My biggest memory of Wakefield was his performance against my Braves in the 1992 NLCS. Only the miraculous Francisco Cabrera hit/ Sid Bream slide kept Wakefield from NLCS MVP and a trip to the World Series. (And Barry Bonds' pitifully weak pre-steroid left throwing arm.) Great career, Tim. Even old knuckleballers can't pitch forever.



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Well done Tim!  Always liked that guy. Glad he got to 200 wins.



Since: Jun 19, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Even though I am a Yankee fan, I liked Tim Wakefield as a player and I always felt Wakefield was a classy guy, a good competitor and a heck of a pitcher. Always hated to see him pitch against the Yanks. Good luck Tim in you retirement.



Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:24 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Alway a huge fan!!! Enjoy retirement my man and get some fishing time in finally!! Really enjoyed watching you pitch...even against my team!!! A true gamer!!!! Happy trails Wakefield!!!



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:21 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Thank you Timmy Wakefield for all you did for the Red Sox over the years.  You were one of a kind and a class act.  Good luck in whatever it is you do next.  #49 Thanks again.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:08 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

he smiled and nodded approvingly with a thumbs up to my then 7 year old son, as we sat behind their dugout at camden yards 2 summers ago...the kid was wearing a sox t-shirt with wakefield on the back, above the #49, and he turned around to show him from our seats...the look on both of their faces was priceless, something we'll never forget, particularly for my son.


what a crazy career


mucho gracias, and all the best timmy




Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Has it been that long already? Always the competitor. Happy retirement Tim.


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