Red Sox' Wakefield retires after 19 years

In this June, 11, 2010, file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield tips his cap to the crowd after being honored for breaking the Red Sox record for career innings pitched, between innings of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Boston. 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, Feb. 17, 2012.
In this June, 11, 2010, file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield tips his cap to the crowd after being honored for breaking the Red Sox record for career innings pitched, between innings of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Boston. 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, Feb. 17, 2012. Charles Krupa/AP Photo

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.

 

 

In this June 25, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. 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, Feb. 17, 2012.
In this June 25, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield throws during the first inning of an interleague baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. 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, Feb. 17, 2012. Gene J. Puskar/AP Photo
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