SportsNation Blog Archives Tim Wakefield
Much like the journey his pitches take to the plate, it took some time for Tim Wakefield to pick up his 200th career win, but the 45-year-old knuckleballer finally got there when the Red Sox needed it most in the heat of the playoff race. It sometimes seems like Wakefield could pitch for another decade, but will the age of the knuckleball go with him when he exits? More: Rank the greatest Red Sox pitchers | Rank the greatest knuckleballers
Is Tim Wakefield the last of his kind?
When it comes to the knuckleball, we've got Wakefield, 36-year-old Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey and ... well, that's about it. Is the pitch in danger of vanishing?
Will he reach No. 1 for the Red Sox?
Talk about good company. Wakefield's 186 wins in a Red Sox uniform rank him just six behind Roger Clemens and Cy Young for the franchise lead.
Stephen King had the right idea, just the wrong pitcher. King's "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" focused on the former Boston reliever with the big curve, but the real-life version includes Tim Wakefield and Japanese teenage knuckleball sensation Eri Yoshida.
As this story explains, Yoshida fell for the knuckleball while growing up in Japan and taught herself the pitch by watching video of Wakefield. She was drafted by a team in a Japanese independent league and met Wakefield this week while in the Unites States to pitch in the independent Arizona Winter League.
It's a long way from throwing a few innings in independent leagues to pitching in Fenway Park, but Yoshida is just the latest female athlete crossing gender lines. Maybe David Stern is optimistic in suggesting a woman could play in the NBA within a decade, but what's the most significant story that's already unfolding with women competing with men?
(June 2, 2009) Tim Wakefield has already hit 9 batters this season. 1st place on the all-time list could come as early as next year!
Interesting ... Here's a question for you ... Has Wakefield thrown more knuckleballs than anyone else, ever? I suspect that his only competition is Phil Niekro, but I think Niekro threw his secondary pitches more often than Wakefield, especially early in his career.
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And our final question
An 11-3 record wasn't enough to get the 42-year-old knuckleballer into the game, even though his first All-Star appearance might also be his last. Should he have gotten a chance?
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