- August 2, 1966
- 6' 2"
- 210 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-31-1992 with PIT
- Allstar Selections:
- 2010 RC
Whether he was used as a mop-up guy out of the bullpen, or given the ball to start critical games in the post-season, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield performed as a professional. Originaly drafted as an infielder, Wakefield took up the knuckleball when it became apparent that he wouldn't make the big leagues at that position. In 1992, he went 8-1 down the stretch for the Pirates, earning NL Rookie Pitcher of the year honors. He right-hander pitched brilliantly in the playoffs, beating the Braves twice. After struggling for two seasons, he was released by the Pirates and signed by the Red Sox. The move proved to be pivotal. Over his first four season in Boston, Wakefield led the staff with 59 victories, using his fluttering knuckleball to stymie AL batters. After later struggling with his trick pitch, Wakefield served three years in the bullpen, even saving 15 games one season. he returned to the rotation in 2003, and won two games against the Yankees in the LCS that fall and one more in the 2004 LCS. One of the most popular players on the team, Wakefield entered his 12th season as a member of the Red Sox in 2006, as the senior member of the club.
Wakefield was the first player ever drafted out of Florida Tech.
On October 9, 1992, Tim Wakefield became the first rookie to start a National League playoff game in 11 years. He defeated the Braves, 3-2.
On April 27, 1993, Tim Wakefield tossed 172 pitches in a ten-inning victory over the Braves.
On August 10, 2002, Wakefield defeated the Twins for his 100th career victory.
On August 10, 1999, Wakefield struck out four batters in the ninth inning against the Royals, tying a major league record.
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