Fifteen years ago this month, Tim Wakefield was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates, his once promising career in a tailspin.
After an electric rookie campaign in 1992, Wakefield's knuckleball lost its magic. For two years, he floundered, even pitching all of 1994 in the minors. Just before the 1995 season began, the Pirates cut ties to make room for Mackey Sasser and Mike Maddux. Just three years removed from taking the city by storm, Wakefield's demise was dramatic.