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Tim Wakefield Retires: Red Sox Knuckler Done After 19 Seasons

Tim Wakefield is calling it a career. The 19-year veteran knuckleballer and Boston Red Sox' third all-time wins leader will reportedly announce his decision to retire in a press conference at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday.

Longtime Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is retiring, according to multiple reports. Wakefield, known for his knuckleball, had been the longest-tenured pitcher in franchise history, lasting 17 seasons in a Red Sox uniform.

The 45-year-old pitcher was a durable arm, working effectively both out of the bullpen and as a starter. In 2009, he was named an All Star at the age of 42, his first ever selection. Most recently, he posted a 5.12 ERA and a 7-8 record in 2011, a season that was highlighted by collecting his 200th win.

Wakefield had been offered a minor league contract by the Red Sox with the right to compete for a spot in the rotation; instead, he opted to retire.

He was originally acquired by Boston in 1995 after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wakefield was drafted in 1988 by Pittsburgh as a first base prospect, but made the position switch during his time in the minor leagues.

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