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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 7, 2012
Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:18 am
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Wakefield has always been one of the good guys.  Good to see him retire.  Watching him struggle for that 200th win last fall was almost painful to watch as Boston imploded on themselves.  By hitting the 200 win mark and waiting until now to retire, he is able to get the appreciation he deserves.  Without it being a footnote to the 'Life after Theo, Boston not making the playoffs, drinking in the clubhouse, no major free agent signings, etc." are are over.



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:44 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

There IS one good thing about Tim Wakefield retiring.  I no longer have to face that knuckleball on a video game.  Cool

Seriously, Tim Wakefield is one of the good guys of baseball.  I enjoyed watching him put that knuckleball past the great players of the game.  And to get 200 wins in this era of baseball is an amazing accomplishment.  Whatever he decides to do now, I wish him well.



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:20 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Wakefield was a class act. Good guy. I was happy to see him succeed even if it was with the Red Sox. As a Yankee fan I respected the Sox fans who gave Posado his due. Wakefield deserved no less.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

I'm not buying any of this Wakefield retirement nonsense. When Boston is 8 games out by the All-Star break, you can bet that the Red Sox will be dangling a $3 million contract in front of the knuckleballer to produce some quality innings to keep them afloat. Oh Yeah! I almost forgot that Bobby V. will have the Sox buried hopelessly in 3rd; maybe 4th by the end of June with his self-serving antics. Looks like the Rays, the Evil Empire and even the fellas from Canada are about to blow by the Red Sox in relevance in 2012.



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Thanks,thenatural54,Wakefield was a complete class act,he was a total team player. He did anything they asked him to do start,close,middle relief,long relief,short rest, it never mattered to him he just wanted to help the team anyway he could. I wanted him to get to 193 wins with the Sox so he could be the all-time leader in wins,but it wasn't to be! Good luck Wake!!! When they retire his number it will be the toughest ticket to get in years, he is Loved up here in beantown and will be missed!!!



Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:46 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Clergyjack is making the rounds on Boston sports topics, this guy is suffering from big time Boston-envy!! What a loser!!!



Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 8:18 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

As a player who learned his trade while starting out as a first basman, would be great as a coach.

Although not a great Sox fan, I respect players and Wakefield is a great athlete and competitor.

I hope he decides to go into coaching and help develop pitcher, especially knuckleball specialist pitchers so the art form does not leave the majors.

Good luck Tim. Well done on a superb career!



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:52 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

"Can anyone say Aaron Boone?"


Yeah, I can say it.  I can also say that you don't know crap about baseball if you think that the home run he hit off of Wakefield defines Time Wakefield's career. 

As a matter of fact, if I had a choice between having  the career numbers for Wakefield or the career stats for Boone, I'd take Tim Wakefield every day of the week, and that is coming from a Yankee fan.

Learn some respect, the guy was a great player.  Hall of Fame, no, but a great pitcher (who started as a first baseman in the minors and knew he'd never make it to the majors & developed his knuckler) who put up solid numbers throughout his career.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:50 pm
 

Wakefield to announce retirement

Sad say, great man, great player, great Red Sox, wish him the best in the second chapter of his life.



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 7:12 pm
 

Wakefield

Sad to see knuckleballers going the way of the set shot/underhanded freethrow.

I wish much success to the consumate professional.



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