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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: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

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



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Thanks Tim for all you did for Red Sox Nation!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Congratulations on a great career and best of luck in the future. - From a Yankee fan. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:40 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

He's from my hometown!!! Way to go Tim!!!  Go out on top!



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

A retirement notice for Tim Wakefield should also include mention of Doug Mirabelli.

Mirabelli was a career .231 hitter with 58  and 206  in 566 games. While with the Red Sox, he was well known as the personal catcher for  . He was part of the Red Sox'  championship teams in 2004 and 2007.

Will never forget Mirabelli's police escort to Fenway Park after the Red Sox reacquired him from the Padres.

Mirabelli was reacquired by the Red Sox on May 1, 2006, in exchange for catcher , setup man , and $100,000 cash. This reacquisition occurred because Bard had trouble catching Tim Wakefield's knuckleball, committing 10 passed balls in just 7 games. The day the trade occurred, the Red Sox were to play their first game of the year against their rivals, the , at , and Wakefield was scheduled to start. It took a private jet and a  escort to get Mirabelli to the field in time. His plane from  touched down at  at 6:48 pm, he arrived at Fenway Park at 7:00 pm, and took his place behind the plate just in time for Wakefield's opening pitch at 7:13 pm. In an effort to conserve every second possible, the Red Sox sent a uniform along with the police escort for Mirabelli to change into while en route to Fenway Park from the airport. A special glove (which is actually a woman's softball catcher's mitt) which Mirabelli had used in previous years to catch Wakefield had been left in Boston by Josh Bard for Mirabelli. Soon after, the Yankees admitted they had tried to acquire Mirabelli from the Padres in an attempt to keep him from the Red Sox .
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Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Class act since Day 1. Thanks for the many years.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Classy!



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

My thanks to Tim Wakefield for his years of service to the Sox.He pitched in relief,started and closed.Whatever management wanted him to do on the field,Wakefield did it.He didn't wine or complain.He just went out and did his job.We all could learn something from him as far as being positive and not giving up,and facing adversity like a man.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Probably got sick of the circus.



Since: Oct 2, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Thanks and congrats go out to Tim Wakefield. Always the class act that gave the Red Sox everything he could every year without complaint. Even if he was getting shellacked, he never made an excuse and when he won, he always complimented his teammates. Sad to see him go but many happy memories of him will remain.



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