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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: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

...his arm thanks him



Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

At least now he can finally stop working out so hard.  Keeping those 6-pack abs all these years must have been a b##tch!



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

A class act and gentlemen, was sometimes an adventure to watch, but always entertaining.  A real competitor, that took what ever 
God given abilty he was blessed with and crafted a very successful Major League career   I believe not only Sox fans will miss his presence, but baseball fans in general will as well.  Especially those that follow teams in the A.L, East.  I wish him nothing but the happiness and success in retirement.



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Thanks for the years you gave us Wake! Good luck with retirement, and how to see ya back at Fenway for a visit!



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

The Waker was always a favorite of mine. I had dinner with him in Ft Myers about 5 years ago. Truly an exemplary human being!



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Very classy post SBCHAMPFAN03 -



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Awesome player, lots of respect for his game. No nonsense, just went out there and pitched the best knuckle-ball he could that afternoon. Problem with the knuckle-ball (and his career ERA reflects this) is that some days it just doesn't work, no matter how hard you try.



Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

A solid ball player and citizen.  As a Yankee fan, I will not be sorry to see him go.  So many times that ^%$#% knuckleball would mess up our bats for weeks.

I do, though, tip my hat to him as a great competitor.  Certainly also as a guy who had the guts to reinvent himself!  Congrats on a great career!



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:20 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

enjoy your retirement. you could have mentioned how many years he pitched total.



Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Tim you will be missed, you are one hell of a classy player and a great role model. I wish you the best as you turn to the next chapter in your life.

Forevere a Red Sox Fan
Forever a Wakefield Fan


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