Longtime Boston Red Sox pitcher and knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is retiring from baseball after 19 seasons in the majors, according to a Boston Globe report.
He began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992, where he played two seasons before joining the Red Sox in 1995.
He accomplished quite a bit in his career, including:
- Tallied 200 wins - 180 of which came while playing with Boston. He also picked up 22 saves as a Red Sox pitcher.
- Won two World Series rings with Boston in 2004 and 2007, repectively.
- Picked as an All-Star in 2009.
- Logged more than 3,200 innings and amassed 33 complete games.
- Struck out more than 2,100 hitters.
- Earned the AL Comeback Player of the Year Award in 1995
- Received the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010 for his charity work.
While the Red Sox got pummeled by the Texas Rangers 10-0 on Sept. 2, 2011, I'll always remember watching that game at Fenway Park and Wakefield's strong relief appearance that night being the only bright spot in the game. He tossed four shutout innings and struck out three courtesy of a dancing knuckleball and the fans gave him a standing ovation for a job well done.
But, we'd like to know: What is your most memorable Wakefield moment? Post a comment below and feel free to post any photos you took of the knuckleballer during a game or at a charity event.
[Editor's note: Statistics used in this report derived from the Tim Wakefield player page on the Baseball Reference website.]