Tim Wakefield to Retire

After 19 seasons in the major leagues, 17 with the Boston Red Sox, 45-year-old Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is set to announce his retirement according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Wakefield retires as one of the most beloved Red Sox players of his time and perhaps of all time. His career 4.41 ERA may not catch the eyes of people pouring through the history books, but his value should be calculated well beyond his ERA or 200 career wins. Wake was the ultimate “team pitcher” always able to work as a starter or reliever (22 career saves) and only one time posting an fWAR below replacement level (that came all the way back in 1993 with the Pirates).

On top of his value on the field and in the clubhouse was what he meant and likely will continue to mean to the Boston community. Wake was presented with the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010 in recognition  his outstanding charitable contributions.

There is no question that while Wakefield walks away from the game, his legacy and place in Red Sox history will remain for years to come.

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Charlie first started writing about baseball back in 2008 when he opened Fantasy Baseball 365. Since graduating college with a degree in English, he has spent time coaching baseball as well as working in several minor league front offices. He also writes for The Outside Corner and contributes to Project Prospect and ESPN's Sweet Spot. Writer from August 3, 2010 - May 6, 2012

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  1. Walt in Maryland February 17, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    A lot of people will wise-crack about Aaron Boone today, but the Wakefield game I'll always remember was came a year later, in Game 3 of the ALCS. With the Red Sox being pounded by the Yankees, Wakefield volunteered to go down to the bullpen, sacrificing his start later in the series. He didn't pitch well, allowing 5 runs in 3 1/3 innings, but he allowed the Sox to get through a 19-8 thrashing without using Mike Timlin and Keith Foulke, who would be ridden hard during Boston's famous comeback.

    That summarized Wakefield's career perfectly. He was always willing to take the ball, in any situation, if it would help the team. He was used — and abused — in every conceivable pitching role. And he did this despite throwing a pitch that no one could catch, coach or fully trust.

    His time has passed, but he'll be missed. I'm looking forward to Tim Wakefield Day at Fenway.

  2. topherdd February 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM #

    He represented the Sox and the city of Boston with class and dignity.Always seem to have a stretch of 4,5 ,6 ,or 7 games a season were he was just about unhittable . He always had his spikes on.

  3. jiimy John February 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM #

    After essentially being raised on a Red Sox team that featured Wakefield, I can’t believe how mediocre his performance over his career was compared to those statistics. Don’t get me wrong, I love Wakefield, he’ll always be a throwback player reference that gets a laugh, like a baseball version of Vlade Divac. His knuckleball was always a unique kink in the Sox lineup, it kept teams off balance. Watching a knuckleball strikeout is as satisfying as a 100 MPH Kyle Farnsworth strike up and away. The notion that Tim Wakefield was one season away from breaking a record shared by two of the greatest pitchers of all time is frightening. This is an actual major record, not some trajectory path or average per game. Wins are earned, and whether or not you’re a fan, the Red Sox are one of the more storied teams in baseball history. Read More – http://blog.fansaloon.com/2012/02/tim-wakefields-

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