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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)—Tim Wakefield is retiring after pitching the last 17 seasons for the Boston Red Sox.

The 45-year-old knuckleballer planned to make the announcement at the team’s spring training facility at a news conference Friday evening.

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.


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I'll miss him.  The Yanks usually pounded that knuckler.



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I just loved that Wakefield took a mediocre fastball arm and learned the knuckler to extend his career.  He bought a decade at least on his MLB career with that commitment.



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thunderbolt wrote:
I just loved that Wakefield took a mediocre fastball arm and learned the knuckler to extend his career.  He bought a decade at least on his MLB career with that commitment.


actually, he bought his entire career off that. He was a first basemen in the minors and was going to washout but his team's pitching coach taught him the knuckler..he was never a pitcher until he learned that pitch..



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I just loved that Wakefield took a mediocre fastball arm and learned the knuckler to extend his career.  He bought a decade at least on his MLB career with that commitment.


actually, he bought his entire career off that. He was a first basemen in the minors and was going to washout but his team's pitching coach taught him the knuckler..he was never a pitcher until he learned that pitch..


This is very true. I admire him for making a long, highly lucrative career out of almost nothing.

Like Seinfeld.:D



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If he would have only come in for relief of Stan Belinda back in 1992!  What could have been.

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in 1993 he was just horrible, I saw him in Zebulon pitch for the Pirates AA team and he couldn't get anyone out



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