Knuckleball specialist Tim Wakefield decides to retire

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FORT MYERS, Fla. — Tim Wakefield, a former Augusta Pirate, is retiring after pitching the past 17 seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

Pitcher Tim Wakefield, who spent the past 17 years of his 19-year career with Boston, finished his career with an even 200 victories.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Pitcher Tim Wakefield, who spent the past 17 years of his 19-year career with Boston, finished his career with an even 200 victories.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer made the announcement at the team’s spring training facility Friday.

Wakefield played for the South Atlantic League Augusta Pirates in 1989.

After two seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the right-hander signed as a minor-league free agent in April 1995.

He was 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA with the Red Sox. Only Roger Clemens and Cy Young had more wins (192) with the team.

Wakefield is first in team history with 3,006 innings and 430 starts, and second in games and strikeouts.

For his career, Wakefield was 200-180 with a 4.41 ERA

He was 7-8 with a 5.12 ERA last season in 23 starts and 10 relief appearances.

He won two World Series championships in Boston.

“There were a few seasons I didn’t know if I was coming back, but I kept coming back and proving myself year after year,” Wakefield said. “I was fortunate enough to play 17 years here. It’s been a great one. I’ve been very blessed.

“I am just very grateful.”

Wakefield was the oldest player in the majors last season.

On Sept. 13, Wakefield earned his 200th win on his eighth try, in an 18-6 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.

Wakefield went six innings and overcame a shaky outing to retire his final six batters.

He left with a 6-5 lead after allowing six hits and two walks. He struck out two.

The following day, prior to a matinee game with Toronto, he was honored for his accomplishment.

It turned out to be his last victory.

“Now,” he said, “I’ll have a lot of time to really reflect on all of the accomplishments I have been able to do.”

WAKEFIELD’S CAREER

Former Augusta Pirate Tim Wakefield is retiring after 19 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He leaves second on the Red Sox all-time wins list behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young.

YEARS G W L ERA IP CG SHO SV K BB

1992-1993 37 14 12 4.17 220.1 7 3 0 110 110

1995-2011 590 186 168 4.43 3,006.0 26 3 22 2,046 1,095

Totals 627 200 180 4.41 3,226.1 33 6 22 2,156 1,205

Source: www.baseball-reference.com


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