Tim Wakefield Retires

Okay, we know that Tim Wakefield is not a Hall of Famer, and will not escape the first year of eligibility on the ballot.  With that said, we have a soft spot for good knuckleball pitchers, and Wakefield was certainly that.  He retires with 200 wins, the bulk of which were with the Boston Red Sox.  He was a one time All Star with a pair of World Series rings.  It may not be Hall of Fame, but it is a solid career to us.

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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
I too have a soft spot for knuckleballe rs (remember Tom Candiotti?), but even as a Red Sox fan, it was painful to watch Wake trying to get to 200 wins last year. News of his retirement is hardly a surprise.

And, yes, he's earned his mention on the 2018 ballot but I too would be very surprised to see him get the five percent needed to try again in 2019. But it's the Tim Wakefields who make baseball go.

I'll always remember his scotching his chance to start in the 2004 ALCS when he came in to mop up in Game 3, when the Yankees routed the Sox 19-8. And, alas, his one and only pitch in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS to Aaron Boone.

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