Tim Wakefield, who wore a Boston uniform for 17 seasons and became a World Series champion, is suffering from a serious illness.
Curt Schilling, former Boston pitcher, revealed on his podcast that pitcher Wakefield has been diagnosed with brain cancer.
Schilling revealed that the player has been fighting the disease for some time and he wanted to tell him to send his prayers to the member of the Boston Hall of Fame.
Tim Wakefield is a right-handed pitcher who played in Major League Baseball for 19 seasons. During his career, Wakefield was a versatile pitcher who was able to throw a variety of pitches, including his famous knuckleball.
Wakefield was born in Melbourne, Florida, in 1966. He was selected by the Red Sox in the eighth round of the amateur draft in 1988. He debuted in the major leagues in 1992, but was unsuccessful early in his career.
In 1997, Wakefield began throwing his knuckleball more consistently. This pitch is an unpredictable pitch that is hard to hit. Wakefield became a successful pitcher with his knuckleball, winning 15 or more games in four seasons.
Wakefield was a key member of the Red Sox that won the World Series in 2004 and 2007.
The “butterfly” pitcher pitched in Game 1 of the 2004 World Series, Wakefield pitched 3.2 innings and allowed 5 runs although he left with a no-decision. Boston ended up sweeping St. Louis to win the World Series.
Wakefield retired from baseball after the 2013 season. He was named to the Boston Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016.
Tim Wakefield is 186-168 with a 4.43 ERA, 2,046 strikeouts and 22 saves in 590 career appearances with the Red Sox.
He is second all-time in wins at Fenway Park with 97, behind Clemens’ 100, and is the all-time leader in innings pitched by a Red Sox pitcher, with 3,006, surpassing a total of 2,777. by Clemens on June 8, 2010.