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Tim Wakefield wouldn’t mind pitching beyond 2011

Jan 21, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

Tim Wakefield AP

Tim Wakefield is only under contract through this season. And he’s going to turn 45 in August. But he still wants to pitch:

“The door is always open. Until you actually see me sit down at that press conference and say that I’m going to retire, I wouldn’t count on anything right now. I just said it last year — that [2011] could be my last year, depending on my role or what might happen health-wise, but I’m not closing that door yet by no means.”

That’s just how knuckleballers roll.  Er, flutter.

Wakefield suffered through his worst year since 1993 last season, and wasn’t all that happy or comfortable handling swingman duties.  But you never know with guys like him. At this point in his career Charlie Hough had three seasons as a starter in his future, two of which ended up being around league average. Neikro had five seasons in his future, one of which was an All-Star year in which he went 16-8 with a 3.09 ERA for the Yankees.

Wakefield has had some physical problems recently, but if he’s healthy, there’s no reason why he couldn’t still be useful beyond 2011, even if it isn’t for the Red Sox.

  1. phukyouk - Jan 21, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    Him and Moyer should get together and start a new league. havent thought of a name yet but im sure suggestions will come.

    • Glenn - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM

      Bill Lee could join them. That grandpa can still pitch, too.

      • bloodysock - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:36 AM

        Lee actually won a minor league game last season pitching for the Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League. Dude is 63.

    • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM

      When Nolan Ryan threw out the first pitch in the World Series (or ALCS, can’t recall) they put a gun on him and he was clocked at 68. Dude could be the Mets fourth starter now.

      • phukyouk - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM

        4th? who are the first 3?

      • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:26 AM

        Pelfrey, Dickey and Niese, at least until Santana comes back. Ryan is a sure #4 on that staff.

      • phukyouk - Jan 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        Dickey, Ryan, random dead guy, my grandmother, Pelf

  2. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Wakefield has been on a renewable 1-year contract with Boston for about 6 or 7 years (unsure if its a mutual option or player option). I’m not a Sox fan, but he’s awesome. I remember the pics of him when he first came up with the Pirates in the early 90’s, and they’d slow down the pitch coming to home plate, and the bleeping ball wouldn’t spin one millimeter.
    If Boston asked him to pitch 300 innings this year, back permitting, he’d do it.
    Classy guy. Hope he pitches until he’s 100.

    • Joe - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:27 AM

      That contract is gone, replaced with a two-year deal signed last year.

      • BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM

        Ah. Did not know that.

  3. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Great guy and great ambassador for the Sox and Boston. As for pitching the sand in his hour glass ran out after the 2009 season. Anyone who saw him pitch in 2010 would have a hard time arguing that.

  4. BC - Jan 21, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    He can’t retire! He and Moyer are the only active MLB players older than me! Unless Jeff Suppan or Matt Stairs are 43+….

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