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Wakefield walks away

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Evil ... Thy name is Orville Redenbacher!!, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Farewell to the flutterball.
    Tim Wakefield retires after 19 seasons.

    Are there any knuckleballers still in the bigs?
     
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Tim Wakefield: Hall of Famer?
     
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    R.A. Dickey is the last man standing, unless Charlie Haeger finds a job.
     
  4. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    There he goes off into the sunset ... at 63 miles per hour.
     
  5. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Dammit, I really wanted to see him pitch to age 50. He only made it to 45.
     
  6. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    An honorable career, and an odd one. Even though all knuckleball pitchers are erratic and wind up at .500, nobody alternated unhittable with unwatchably horrid as often and as violently as Wakefield did.
     
  8. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    Dickey's a remarkable story...and I'm surprised other head-case pitchers haven't followed his lead, in learning the knuckler late-in-life and resurrecting a career in the process.
     
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    That's a great quick look at his whole career.

    I had the thought at the time, and always have, that once the Pirates took a 12-1 lead on the Braves in 1992 Game 6, they should have gotten him out of there to have him available for Game 7 instead of letting him throw the complete game.
     
  10. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Perils of the knuckleball, I suppose.... Baseball will miss Tim, though, so I hope he sticks around in some capacity. Guys have learned a lot about professionalism by watching the way he handles himself on and off the field. He's a guy who genuinely cares and has great perspective.
     
  11. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Somewhere, Steve Sparks stares at the ground, forlorn.
     
  12. joe

    joe Active Member

    Tim Wakefield: The Hall of Very Durable.
     
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