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Longtime Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield’s playing days are now over.
The 45-year-old knuckleballer retires with exactly 200 major league wins, 186 of those coming with the Red Sox (he’s six wins shy of tying Cy Young and Roger Clemens for the most wins with the Red Sox in franchise history).
He played 17 seasons in Boston, finishing 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA.
After surrendering a devastating home run to Aaron Boone to end the 2003 ALCS, Wakefield bounced back with a strong 2004 season and wound up winning two World Series titles (2004, 2007).
He made his first All-Star team in 2009 at age 42, the oldest first-time All-Star in major league history.
For me, this officially the end of my childhood (yes, I’m 26, but Wakefield has been pitching for the Red Sox since I was 9 years old, so it’s hard to let go).
Though, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Red Sox came calling for Wakefield later this year when they inevitably run out of starting pitchers in July or August.
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