Found February 20, 2012 on
Baseball's knuckleball fraternity lost half its membership last week, when Tim Wakefield officially retired following a 19-year career. With Wakefield gone, Mets starter R.A. Dickey is the only knuckleballer left in the Major Leagues.

Here’s to You, Mr. Wakefield

Tim Wakefield wasn’t the best pitcher in Red Sox history (that’s Pedro Martinez), nor was he the most entertaining (guys like Bill “Spaceman” Lee, Luis Tiant and yes, Pedro, have that territory marked), but what he was one of the Nation’s favorites. For 17 years, he pitched, and acted, with the same stoicism. He never put himself above the game, and was always, always ready...

Charlie Moore, Tim Wakefield Ride Out Rain Delay to Reel in Some Big Fish (Video)

Tim Wakefield might have a little bit more time to go fishing with "The Mad Fisherman" now that he's retired. But hopefully, the two check the weather report next time around. Wakefield and Charlie Moore got caught up in a big thunderstorm the last time they dropped a line, which sent them running for cover. After riding out the rain delay, though, they came back better...

Tim Wakefield and Former Pirates Pitchers

With Tim Wakefield announcing his retirement I thought I’d go through the unfortunate list for Pirates fans, of pitchers with the most wins after leaving the Pittsburgh Pirates, just to show where he ranks on that list. I included 11 players just to show the top 10 while he was with the Pirates, as all the other players on the list were retired prior to him leaving Pittsburgh....

What do I say about Tim Wakefield?

<a href="" class="moshare-button-21" data-message="Ever since Friday morning when I first heard that Wake was retiring, I've been trying to figure out what to write about it. Any sort of meaningful career retrospective would be way too long. So I am just going to say this: I hope he's not actually done. I don&...

Ten Things About Tim Wakefield

When Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield announced his retirement Friday it marked the end of an era.For 19 seasons, we've watched his knuckleball flutter and baffle opponents to the tune of 200 career victories.  And, sure, it took a slew of starts this past season to get to that mark, but when he did...the 45-year-old became just the seventh knuckleballer (Phil Niekro, Ted...

Mountain man R.A.: Mets need Johan at peak

PORT ST. LUCIE — R.A. Dickey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last month and yesterday arrived at the base of Everest. The veteran knuckleballer sees a difficult NL East and realizes plenty will have to go right for the Mets to have a shot at the postseason. Individual improvement might be the...

Tim Wakefield career highlights

A few days ago, longtime Red Sox knuckleball pitcher Tim Wakefield announced his retirement after a lengthy big-league career that stretches back to the George H. W. Bush presidency. When a player retires, it’s time to look back on his career, and that’s exactly what I’d like to do here. Below is a list of Tim Wakefield’s career highlights. Included are some of the greatest...

Red Sox Spring Training Preview: Part 2

This is the first Spring Training in a long time that hasn’t had Tim Wakefield as a part of it. Reality is really setting in now two days after Wake officially announced his retirement and with pitchers and catchers reporting to camp today. Another missing piece that has been a mainstay of Red Sox Spring [...]

The Pirates and Acquiring Veteran Pitchers

From a combination of my “This Date” article posted today about pitcher Jouett Meekin and my article about Tim Wakefield and what pitchers won the most games after the they left the Pirates, I decided to figure out which pitchers won the most games prior to putting on a Pirates uniform for the first time. The list goes 26 deep for a reason as you will see and the players are...

Mets starter Johan Santana on track for next bullpen session

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