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Tim Wakefield to make a decision about his career soon

Feb 9, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that Tim Wakefield will make a decision within the next few days whether he’ll continue his playing career in 2012. Quoting his agent, Barry Meister:

“We’re discussing the options — and he has some options — and over the next few days, we’re going to try to figure it out.  These next few days is just a period of introspection, where he’s trying to decide what to do, whether to play, who to play for.

Seems to me that 30 general managers have already made his decision for him, but hey, he’s entitled to call it a career on his own terms if he wants to.

  1. Walk - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    I sense a disturbance in the snark factor today.

  2. bigharold - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    “Seems to me that 30 general managers have already made his decision for him…”

    And, in other news water is still wet and pizza is still tasty.

  3. Jack Marshall - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Wakefield has been an incredibly consistent pitcher (not from game to game, inning to inning or pitch to pitch, but season to season) and an incredibly consistent pitcher should be given the benefit of the doubt after an off-season. And he would be, if he were 35, not 46. But since age really isn’t that significant with knuckleball pitchers, it really doesn’t make much sense that someone would see if he could bounce back for a year or two. The Red Sox should move on, yes, and I think Wake should quit now with his head high, but I doubt that he’s really done.

    • Joe - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      The problem is that his “consistent” level has changed. He used to be consistent at 190 IP, ERA+ slightly over 100. Now he’s becoming consitent at 150 IP, ERA+ slightly over 80. They gave him the benefit of the doubt last year, but aren’t doing so this year. It’s not simply because of his age. Wakefield is clearly not the same guy he was at the 2009 All Star break.

  4. j0esixpack - Feb 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    As a Sox fan I’d welcome him back at the right price, even I’d he wants to partially retire and only play at home or when the weather gets warm, when the knuckleballer moves better anyways.

    Either way he can be proud of a long and productive career with two championships to show for it.

    • yostremski - Feb 9, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      lets not forget losing two, at the exspence of many losing attemps of search of # 200, oh yeah BOONE, PARTY IS OVER….

  5. Truckin' - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    These are the same idiots who are paying John Lackey and Dice-K over 25 million to pitch ? They paid Wakefield 2.5 million last year and got a lot more out of him.

    • patsandsox - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      I have to agree with that. For the money, they certainly got more value from Wake than from either Lakey or Dicek

      Wonder what the snark miester has to say about that?

  6. sparkycon - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Tim Wakefield is a class act. Aaron Boone’s home run not withstanding, he has always been tough on my team, the Yankees.

    • Jack Marshall - Feb 10, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      Boone’s homerun was a set-up by Mr. Stupid, Grady Little. Nobody remembers, but Wakefield had been great in that series. Putting in a knuckleballer who is always a risk for a solo homer in a sudden death away extra-innings game was a ridiculous call by Little, who should have had the game in his pocket by that time anyway, having allowed Pedro to pitch on fumes.

      As for the endless quest for 200, 1) Wake left two of those games with leads that were blown by the bullpen and 2) Who else were they going to pitch? Tito had decided he wanted to leave Aceves in the bullpen.

  7. patsandsox - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Wake should get a day in Fenway whenever he decides to retire. I have always appreciated the innings he has provided the Sox and the bullets he has taken for the team, not to mention the wins and the saves.

    It wouldnt shock me if he could put up some wins in the NL, change of leauge and all, but if no one wants to offer a contract then he can easily retire with dignity. He has had a long career, years after he was cut by the Pirates and told he was all done.

    Is he a hall of famer? No, but a hall of pretty good, I think over all yes.

    • shaggylocks - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      I heard the Pirates offered him a huge contract this off-season, but Wake turned it down.

  8. shaggylocks - Feb 9, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    “These next few days is just a period of introspection, where he’s trying to decide what to do, whether to play, who to play for.”

    Wait, what has he been doing all off-season?

    • 18thstreet - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM


  9. deathmonkey41 - Feb 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    ““We’re discussing the options — and he has some options”

    I would love to hear what they are. I would think only the Red Sox would be interested and it’s probably tepid at best.

  10. tommyrob4780 - Feb 10, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    i hope he stays another 2yrs

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