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Encyclopedia > Tim Wakefield
Tim Wakefield

Boston Red Sox — No. 49
Starting Pitcher
Born: August 2, 1966 (1966-08-02) (age 41)
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
Major League Baseball debut
July 311992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Selected MLB statistics
(through October 2, 2007)
Win-Loss     168-146
Earned Run Average     4.33
Strikeouts     1790
Teams

Timothy Stephen Wakefield (born August 2, 1966 in Melbourne, Florida) is a right-handed knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball who has played with the Boston Red Sox since 1995. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 752 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (928 × 740 pixel, file size: 257 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... In baseball or softball, a starting pitcher, often abbreviated as starter, is the pitcher who pitches the first pitch to the first batter of a game. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... For the typographical mode indicating deleted text, see Strikethrough. ... This article is about the baseball team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Largest metro area Miami metropolitan area Area  Ranked 22nd  - Total 65,795[1] sq mi (170,304[1] km²)  - Width 361 miles (582 km)  - Length 447 miles (721 km)  - % water 17. ... A person who is right-handed is more dextrous with their right hand than with their left hand: they will write with their right hand, and probably also use this hand for tasks such as personal care, cooking, and so on. ... Tim Wakefield in his throwing motion, showing his grip of the knuckleball. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The 1995 Major League Baseball season is the 92nd since the American League and National League combined to form Major League Baseball. ...

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Professional career

Minor leagues

After graduating from Eau Gallie High School in 1984 and attending Florida Tech, Wakefield was selected in the 8th round of the free agent draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988. He began his minor league career as a corner infielder for Watertown of the New York-Penn League. After a scout told him that he would never get above Double-A ball with his skills, Wakefield began experimenting with various other positions, playing first base and third base, until he developed the knuckleball that has made him so well-known. Eau Gallie High School is located at 1400 Commodore Blvd in Melbourne, FL. It is one of two high schools in Melbourne. ... Florida Tech Founded by Jerome P. Keuper in 1958 as Brevard Engineering College, absorbing University of Melbourne, and changing its name to Florida Institute of Technology in 1966, Florida Tech is a growing independent technological college centered on engineering fields. ... In North American professional sports, particularly baseball, football, and basketball, a free agent is a team player whose contract with a team has expired, and the player is able to sign a contract with another team. ... This article is about the baseball team. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... For the organization which many minor leagues belong to, see Minor League Baseball Part of the History of baseball series. ... An infielder is a baseball player who plays on the infield, the dirt portion of a baseball diamond between first base and third base. ... Nickname: County Jefferson County Settled 1800 Government  - Mayor Jeffrey Graham Area  - City 24. ... The New York - Penn League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the northeastern United States. ... Professional sports scouts are trained talent evaluators who travel extensively for the purposes of watching athletes play their chosen sports and determining whether their set of skills and talents represent what is needed by the scouts organization. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ... The position of the third baseman A third baseman, abbreviated 3B, is the player in the sport of baseball whose responsibility is to defend the area nearest to third base, the third of four bases a baserunner must touch in a counterclockwise succession in order to score a run. ...


The following season, Wakefield made his professional pitching debut while playing for the Single-A Salem Buccaneers. His immediate success led to a full conversion to pitcher in 1990 when he would lead the Carolina League in starts and innings pitched. Wakefield advanced to Double-A in 1991 and continued to improve, leading all Pirates minor leaguers in wins, innings pitched, and complete games. Salem is an independent city located in Virginia, bordered by the city of Roanoke and Roanoke County. ... League Carolina League Division Southern Year founded 1968 Major League affiliation Houston Astros Home ballpark Lewis-Gale Medical Center Field at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium Previous home ballparks Kiwanis Field City Salem, Virginia Current uniform colors red, black, and white Previous uniform colors purple, black, white, gold (Buccaneers, Pirates), navy... The following are the baseball events of the year 1990 throughout the world. ... The Carolina League is a minor league baseball affiliation which operates in the South Atlantic region of the United States. ... In baseball, innings pitched (IP) are the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that are put out while the pitcher is in the game. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ...


Major Leagues

Pittsburgh Pirates (1992-1994)

In 1992, Wakefield began the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the American Association. He registered a league-high 6 complete games by July 31st - winning 10 games with a 3.06 ERA - and was called up to the majors. In his major league debut Wakefield threw a complete game against the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out 10 batters while throwing 146 pitches. There were 20,299 fans in attendance at the old Three Rivers Stadium [1]. The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... The Buffalo Bisons (Pronounced BI-zons by locals) are a minor league baseball team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The American Association was a minor baseball league at the Class AAA (Triple-A) level of baseball in the United States from 1902 to 1962 and 1969 to 1997. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Three Rivers Stadium was a multi-purpose sports stadium and event facility located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1970 through 2000. ...


Down the stretch, Wakefield would provide a surprising but necessary boost for the playoff-bound Pirates, starting 13 games and compiling an 8-1 record with a 2.15 ERA, a remarkable performance that would win him the National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year Award from The Sporting News. After winning the National League East division, the Pirates would face the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series and Wakefield won both of his starts against Braves star Tom Glavine. In baseball statistics, earned run average (ERA) is the mean of earned runs given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award was established in 1946 by The Sporting News (TSN). ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... The National League Yellow Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... In Major League Baseball, the National League Championship Series (NLCS) determines who wins the National League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series, facing the winner of the American League Championship Series. ... Thomas Michael Glavine (born March 25, 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts) is an American left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets. ...


In 1993, Wakefield was not able to duplicate his stellar performance from the year before. He suffered terrible control problems, a common ailment of a knuckleballer. In the first month of the season, he walked nine batters twice and ten in another start. After losing his spot in the starting rotation, Wakefield was sent down to Double-A in July where he continued to struggle. He was recalled in September and struggled again, but would finish the season with two straight shutouts (though he walked six in his final start). // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ...


Wakefield spent most of 1994 with Triple-A Buffalo hoping to work out his control problems but made little progress. He led the league in losses, walks, and home runs allowed. While Wakefield would once again be recalled to the Pirates in September, he did not play because of the players strike. The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The 1994 baseball strike resulted in the cancellation of the World Series for the first time in 90 years. ...


Giving up on the phenom who had led them into the playoffs just three seasons earlier, the Pirates released Wakefield on April 20, 1995. is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ...


Boston Red Sox (1995-present)

Wakefield signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox six days after his release from the Pirates and quickly returned to form. He won 16 games, helping the Red Sox win a division title, and captured the Sporting News American League Comeback Player of the Year. He finished third in the A.L. Cy Young Award balloting. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award was established in 1965 by The Sporting News (TSN). ...


Over the next three seasons (1996-1998), Wakefield would remain an important part of the Red Sox rotation, winning as many as 17 games, but always battling the same control problems that jeopardized his career in Pittsburgh. The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 5 - Don Sutton, a 324-game winner is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fifth try. ...

Wakefield pitching for the Red Sox
Wakefield pitching for the Red Sox

In 1999, Wakefield was struggling again, and Boston found itself without injured closer Tom Gordon. Without many choices, manager Jimy Williams installed Wakefield as the new closer during the middle part of the season. He would record 15 saves before Derek Lowe emerged as the new closer and Wakefield could return to the rotation. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... Thomas Gordon (born November 18, 1967 in Sebring, Florida), nicknamed Flash, is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. ... James Francis Jimy Williams (born October 4, 1943 in Santa Maria, California) is a former manager in Major League Baseball. ... To save in a sport means to stop a goal or to maintain the lead. ... Derek Christopher Lowe (born June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, Michigan) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


Because of his success out of the bullpen, Wakefield found himself in a frustrating position over the next three seasons (2000-2002). He was constantly moved from the position of relief pitcher to starter and back again. His versatility was both an asset and a curse. After being moved back into the rotation in late July 2002, Wakefield found his groove once again and has remained in the rotation ever since, making only occasional relief appearances. While the game goes on, a relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen, beyond the outfield fence In baseball, the bullpen is the area where pitchers warm-up before entering a game. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2000 throughout the world. ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ...


For several years, his personal catcher has been Doug Mirabelli, who uses a league-approved mitt similar to a softball catcher's mitt for catching Wakefield. Josh Bard briefly caught Wakefield during the first month of the 2006 season, but Boston reacquired Mirabelli that May 1 after trading him to San Diego the previous offseason. His ability to catch the baffling pitch makes him a valuable commodity to the team. Wakefield has been a solid member of the Red Sox starting rotation in 2007. On August 25, 2007 he won his 16th game of the season, which tied him for the American League lead in wins at the time. The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Douglas Anthony Mirabelli (born October 18, 1970 in Kingman, Arizona) is a Major League Baseball catcher who currently plays for the Boston Red Sox. ... A typical infielders or outfielders glove. ... Soft ball is also a sugar stage Softball is a team sport popular around the world but especially in the United States. ... Joshua David Bard (born March 30, 1978, in Ithaca, New York) is a catcher for the San Diego Padres. ...


His longevity and consistency have helped him quietly become one of the top pitchers in Red Sox history. Wakefield is currently the longest-serving member of the Boston team. On April 19, 2005, Wakefield agreed to a $4 million, one-year "rolling" contract extension that gives the Red Sox the ability to keep their longest-tenured player for the rest of his career. Wakefield entered his 13th season with the Boston Red Sox in 2007. [1] The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... The following are the baseball events of the year 2007 throughout the world. ...


Notable playoff performances

In 1992, his rookie season, Wakefield won both of his playoff appearances, throwing a complete game 5-hitter in Game Three of the NLCS and another complete game in Game Six on three days' rest. With the Pirates leading the Braves in Game Seven, Wakefield was poised to be named NLCS MVP until the Braves rallied for 3 runs in the bottom of the ninth off Stan Belinda and Doug Drabek. The following are the baseball events of the year 1992 throughout the world. ... Douglas Dean Drabek (born July 25, 1962 in Victoria, Texas) was a Major League Baseball player. ...


In the 2003 ALCS, Wakefield was one of the most successful pitchers against the New York Yankees, allowing only three runs in 13 innings. He started Games One and Four of the Series, with the Red Sox winning both. He was also called in to pitch in extra innings of Game Seven, after the Yankees tied the game. The Red Sox had been leading 5–2 in the eighth inning. After retiring the side in order in the 10th, Wakefield gave up a home run to Aaron Boone on his first pitch of the 11th, sending the Yankees to the World Series. Wakefield apologized to fans after the game. The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... ALCS redirects here. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... This article is about the baseball concept. ... Aaron John Boone (born March 9, 1973 in La Mesa, California) is a major league third baseman who plays for the Florida Marlins. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


In 2004, Wakefield helped the Red Sox exact revenge by winning the ALCS against the Yankees, a best-of-seven series to advance to the World Series. He helped save the wearied Boston bullpen by pitching 3 1/3 innings in a blowout Game Three defeat, which put the Red Sox in a 3-0 series hole. Wakefield volunteered for this relief duty despite being slated to pitch in Game Four the following day, knowing full well he was giving up his start. Derek Lowe got the start in Game Four, which the Red Sox ultimately won. In Game Five, Wakefield was the winning pitcher in a 14 inning thriller, throwing three shutout innings as the Red Sox won 5–4. He pitched Game One of the 2004 World Series but did not get a decision as Boston defeated the Cardinals, 11–9. The following are the baseball events of the year 2004 throughout the world. ... ALCS redirects here. ... Dates October 23, 2004–October 27, 2004 MVP Manny Ramírez (Boston) Television network Fox Announcers Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires Ed Montague (Crew Chief), Dale Scott, Brian Gorman, Chuck Meriwether, Gerry Davis, Charlie Reliford The 2004 World Series represented the 100th time two modern Major League Baseball teams... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


Wakefield was left off the Red Sox team roster for the 2007 World Series due to a bad shoulder that has been bothering him since late September.[2] Dates: October 24 – October 28, 2007 MVP: Mike Lowell Television: FOX (U.S.), RSN (Canada), NASN (Europe), ESPN Latin America Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver Umpires: Ed Montague, Laz Díaz, Ted Barrett, Chuck Meriwether, Mike Everitt, Mike Reilly[1] ALCS: Boston Red Sox def. ...


Statistics

Year Team W L SV GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB K ERA
1992 Pittsburgh 8 1 0 13 4 1 92.0 76 26 22 3 35 51 2.15
1993 Pittsburgh 6 11 0 20 3 2 128.1 145 83 80 14 75 59 5.61
1995 Boston 16 8 0 27 6 1 195.1 163 76 64 22 68 119 2.95
1996 Boston 14 13 0 32 6 0 211.2 238 151 121 38 90 140 5.15
1997 Boston 12 15 0 29 4 2 201.1 193 109 95 24 87 151 4.25
1998 Boston 17 8 0 33 2 0 216.0 211 123 110 30 79 146 4.58
1999 Boston 6 11 15 17 0 0 140.0 146 93 79 19 72 104 5.08
2000 Boston 6 10 0 17 0 0 159.1 170 107 97 31 65 102 5.48
2001 Boston 9 12 3 17 0 0 168.2 156 84 73 13 73 148 3.90
2002 Boston 11 5 3 15 0 0 163.1 121 57 51 15 51 134 2.81
2003 Boston 11 7 1 33 0 0 202.1 193 106 92 23 71 169 4.09
2004 Boston 12 10 0 30 0 0 188.1 197 121 102 29 63 116 4.87
2005 Boston 16 12 0 33 3 0 225.1 210 113 104 35 68 151 4.15
2006 Boston 7 11 0 23 1 0 140.0 135 80 72 19 51 90 4.63
2007 Boston 17 12 0 27 0 0 189.0 191 104 100 22 64 110 4.76
TOTALS 168 146 22 369 29 6 2614.0 2539 1429 1259 335 1012 1789 4.33

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Pitching style

Wakefield epitomizes conventional wisdom about knuckleballers: to be successful with the knuckler at the Major League level, you must throw it exclusively, or at least primarily. Wakefield's knuckleball has a wide range of speed (55-68 mph) and a great deal of variance in how much it 'knuckles.' Both depend on a variety of factors, which include, but are not limited to: temperature, humidity, precipitation (both type and intensity), air resistance, wind speed, wind direction, and the condition of the ball. Wakefield also features a 74-81 mph fastball and a slow curve (60-65 mph). His success derives from deception (he throws all his pitches from the same relaxed delivery) and movement.


Charitable contributions

Wakefield is well known throughout Major League Baseball as one of its most charitable players. He has been nominated many times by the Red Sox for the Roberto Clemente Award, presented to the player who best reflects the spirit of giving back to the community. Since 1998, Wakefield has partnered with the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Boston to bring patients to Fenway Park to share time with him and on the field. He has also hosted an annual celebrity golf tournament for 15 years. Wakefield has also been active with New England's Pitching in for Kids organization, the Space Coast Early Intervention Center in Melbourne, Florida, and the Touch 'Em All Foundation founded by Garth Brooks. The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player selected for his character and charitable contributions to his community. ... Melbourne is a city in Brevard County, Florida, United States. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962 is an American country music singer-songwriter. ...


Notes

  • Through 2007, Wakefield is one of ten pitchers with 100 or more wins in a Red Sox uniform (154), ranking third behind Cy Young and Roger Clemens (tied with 192).
  • He is the longest-tenured member of the current Red Sox roster.
  • He is one of just a few pitchers in history to strike out four batters in one inning. Because the fluttering knuckleball produces many passed balls, several knuckleballers share this honor with Wakefield.
  • Set a career high in strikeouts (12) in a 1–0 complete game loss to the New York Yankees on September 11, 2005[3].
  • Wakefield gave up six home runs to Detroit, becoming the first pitcher to do so since 1940. The Red Sox won the game, 11-9, on August 8, 2004[4]
  • Wakefield holds the distinction of defeating the Tampa Bay Devil Rays more than any other individual pitcher in the history of MLB. His 19 victories are due in part to his longevity of playing in the American League East, with so many opportunities against the Devil Rays due to the unbalanced schedule that Major League Baseball employs (teams will play teams in their division more than those in other divisions). On September 23, 2007, Wakefield lost at Tropicana Field for the first time in 14 starts. He now holds a 9-1 record at the ballpark.

In Major League Baseball, a win (denoted W) is generally credited to the pitcher for the winning team who was in the game when they last took the lead. ... For the Disney animator, see Cy Young (animator). ... William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962, in Dayton, Ohio), is a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees, and is one of the preeminent pitchers in Major League history. ... In baseball, a catcher shall be charged with a passed ball when he fails to hold or to control a legally pitched ball which should have been held or controlled with ordinary effort, thereby permitting a runner or runners to advance. ... In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42 Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bless You Boys Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin Field (1912-1938) Bennett... The following are the baseball events of the year 1940 throughout the world. ... Major league affiliations American League (1998–present) East Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 12, 42 Name Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-Rays, The Rays Ballpark Tropicana Field (1998–present) Major league titles World Series titles (0) none AL Pennants (0) none Division titles... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... The American League East Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Tropicana Field is a domed stadium in St. ...

See also

  • MLB All-Time Hit Batsmen List
  • Top 100 strikeout pitchers of all time

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In baseball, a strikeout occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2006/10/30/red_sox_pick_up_option_on_wakefield
  2. ^ Red Sox leave Wakefield off World Series Roster
  3. ^ Browne, Ian. "One Wakefield mistake proves costly", MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-19. 
  4. ^ Browne, Ian. "Historic win for Wakefield", MLB.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-19. 

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • TimWakefield49.com - Tim's Official Website
  • MLB - daily updates
  • ESPN - profile
  • ESPN - news archive
  • Baseball Library - biography and highlights
  • Baseball Reference - statistics and analysis
  • Retrosheet - specific game info and transaction dates
  • Tim Wakefield - SoSH Wiki
Preceded by
José Canseco
AL Comeback Player of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Kevin Elster

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