Tag:Tim Wakefield
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:59 am
Edited on: January 21, 2011 9:59 am

Wakefield won't close door on retiring

Wakefield"No, no, no," Wakefield told MLB.com when asked if 2011 would be his final year.

The knuckleballer had said last season that 2011 could be his last year, and he will also be entering the last guaranteed year of a two-year deal signed prior to 2010 that ripped up his previous perpetual team option contract. But even though the 44-year-old can see the end of the line, he's not ready to cross it just yet.

"The door is always open. Until you actually see me sit down at that press conference and say that I'm going to retire, I wouldn't count on anything right now,". the 16-year veteran of the Red Sox said. "I just said it last year -- that [2011] could be my last year, depending on my role or what might happen health-wise, but I'm not closing that door yet by no means."

If that door does close after 2011, Wakefield has no intention of doing so in a season with hard feelings.

"I fought myself last year, thinking that it was my job to lose and unfortunately that wasn't the case," he said of a season in which he lost his starting pitcher's job to Clay Buchholz. "It was a little hard to swallow -- I'll be honest with you."

Wakefield is expected to be the long man out of the bullpen and will pick up starts when members of the rotation hit the disabled list. So while Wakefield likely won't grab the 14 wins needed to break the record for most victories in a Red Sox uniform, he will still have plenty to contribute. Wake had a 5.34 ERA over 140 innings, posting the best walk rate (2/3 per nine) of his career.

Wakefield also received good news when the Boston Baseball Writers Association of America announced plans to name an annual award after Wakefield thanks to his many charitable contributions. Wakefield won MLB's annual Roberto Clemente award for 2010 in honor of his charitable contributions.

"It's very special," said Wakefield. "I joked when I found out. Normally they name awards after dead guys. I'm not dead yet. I'm excited. It's a very special thing."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 4:04 pm

Tim Wakefield hints at retiring after 2011

Wakefield While Tim Wakefield refused to close the door completely, he conceded Friday that 2011 would probably be his final year playing baseball, according to the Boston Globe .

"There are still some numbers I want to achieve," the 44-year-old admitted. "But I'm not going to put that much pressure on myself knowing that this probably will be my last year. I'm not going to come out and say I'm going to retire at the end of the 2011 season. But getting closer to the end, I'd really like to enjoy it more than I did last year."

The numbers Wakefield is shooting for are 192 and 200. The latter is career victories, of which he has 193. As for the 192? That's the most anyone has ever won in a Red Sox uniform with the honor belonging to both Cy Young and Roger Clemens. Wakefield has 179 victories in a Red Sox uniform. Wakefield has stated in the past it is a major goal of his to match and surpass No. 192. While that no longer looks to be attainable due to only four victories in the 2010 campaign along with the understanding that Wakefield will not be a starter in 2011, the knuckleballer will get his victories where he can.

"I proved to them I could throw more than 100 innings," Wakefield said of a year where he posted a 5.34 ERA in exactly 140 innings spread over 19 starts and 13 bullpen appearances. "That was supposedly estimated what I was going to throw. I gave them 140 and proved I could stay healthy for the whole season. Hopefully I can do that again."

It may be tough for Wakefield to reach 140 innings next season as a reliever, although injuries could change things in the rotation. Wakefield, for one, is over last year's brouhaha where he was not pleased about being removed from the rotation.

"Regardless of what my role is going to be [next season], I think I'm going into it with more with my eyes open compared to last year," he said. "It was thrown in my lap that this is the situation and I was a little reluctant to accept it based on what I had done in '09 and the loyalty I had shown the club. That's water under the bridge, last year. I'm looking forward to coming in and contributing in whatever manner I can."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 8:22 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 11:11 pm

Wakefield earns $500,000 with outing

Tim Wakefield Matt Joyce's fourth-inning fly-out to left put a half-million dollars straight into Tim Wakefield's pocket.

With the out, Wakefield finished his 130th inning of the season, bumping his 2011 base salary from $1.5 million to $2 million. He can get another $1.5 million if he somehow gets 30 more innings this season.

He already earned a $75,000 bonus for making the start, his 18th of the season. He'll make $75,000 for each start he makes the rest of this season (he gets $100,000 per start for games 26-30, but it's unlikely even Wakefield would get eight more starts this season.)

The Rays scored four off of Wakefield before he reached his fourth out of the game, but he's since settled down and made himself a richer man.

UPDATE: Wakefield went five innings, allowed six hits and five runs (four earned), earning his fourth win of the season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 6:58 pm

Boston looking at Buchholz on short rest

Clay Buchholz Clay Buchholz was pulled early in Saturday's game as the Red Sox kept an eye on Wednesday's last-gasp showdown with the Tampa Bay Rays.

With Saturday's 3-1 loss to the White Sox, Boston trails the Rays by 7 1/2 games in the wild card race.

Buchholz had given up two runs and the Red Sox trailed by just a run in the fifth, but with his pitch count approaching 100, Buchholz was pulled, replaced by Scott Atchison, who allowed five hits and a run in 1 1/3 innings.

Buchholz said he was aware the team was hoping he could come back on three days' rest on Wednesday. The only other available option for the Red Sox was Tim Wakefield.

Buchholz was pulled after 95 pitches.

"If they wanted me to come back, if I was over 100 pitches, it might be a little tough to do that coming back off three days' rest," Buchholz told the Providence Journal . "[Terry Francona] told me the situation before the game. That's the way it is."

Still, the team has yet to make a decision on Wednesday's starter, but Buchholz is a possibility. The three-game series with the Rays starts on Monday at Fenway Park. If the Red Sox can win the first two games to creep closer to the Rays, they'll see if Buchholz can go and try to sweep Tampa. If the Sox lose the first two games, it's likely they'll pack up the season. A split heading into Wednesday would make the decision on the pitcher telling of how the Sox feel about their postseason chances.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 11:13 am
Edited on: July 23, 2010 3:03 pm

Red Sox eager for Beckett's return

Josh Beckett
It's not often a team has so much riding on the return of a pitcher with a 7.29 ERA, but the Red Sox hope the reappearance of the real Josh Beckett will be a major second-half boost.

Beckett, Boston's opening day starter, never found his footing in eight early-season starts, then literally lost his footing on the wet mound at Yankee Stadium on May 18, suffering a back strain that has kept him out of action since. He is scheduled to start Friday in Seattle.

The Red Sox gave Beckett a four-year, $68 million contact the day after his opening start, hoping the removal of the distraction of impending free agency would help him. Manager Terry Francona said Thursday he thinks the contract might have had the opposite effect.

"I think he tried to live up to his contract, not in a bad way," Francona told reporters. "He’s a conscientious kid."

If Beckett returns anywhere near the form he showed last season, when he won 17 games, his return will be a boost on par with any trade contenders will make at the deadline. The Red Sox are seven games back in the American League East but just four in the wild-card race.

The Red Sox player least happy about Beckett's return? Tim Wakefield, who goes back to the bullpen. His reaction when Francona gave the knuckleballer the news: "I don't think he wanted to hug me."

Besides just being a competitive guy, Wakefield has plenty of incentive to start. According to reports about the details of the contract he signed last winter, Wakefield made a bonus of $50,000 for his 11th-15th starts, and would get $75,000 for each start between his 16th and 25th. He has started 16 times this season.

Never mind that the guy has made $54 million in his career -- it's got to be tough to swallow losing a $75,000 bonus every five days.

-- David Andriesen

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