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Has Wakefield run his course in Boston?

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10:09 AM ET 03.12 | Tim Wakefield is 44, the oldest active player in baseball. And now there's some question about Wakefield's immediate future. Or maybe I'm just imagining things. Wakefield's age and recent results make one wonder about his role on the 2011 Red Sox. All history and emotion aside, what is Wakefield's competitive value at this hour?

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March 12, 2011  10:21 AM ET

Good player and good person. More pitchers need to perfect the Knuckleball.

March 12, 2011  10:23 AM ET

Umm... Did anyone notice yesterday that Papelbon got one batter out and gave up 3 earned runs, and then Wake came in and threw 2 scoreless innings to end the game? Just sayin...

Let's hear it for the old fahts who can still get it up.

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March 12, 2011  10:23 AM ET
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Good player and good person. More pitchers need to perfect the Knuckleball.

you ain't kidding. made a pretty nice career for himself considering his fastball topped out at around 75mph.

March 12, 2011  10:26 AM ET
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I guess he could be done. Hopefully the Red Sox give him the opportunity to depart with some dignity, and hopefully he fades into bolivian with the respect of Yankees fans. This guy has been great to watch.

I'm sure the Sox will give him every opportunity to depart with dignity. Problem is some athletes don't take that opportunity and try to hang around until they embarrass themselves.

March 12, 2011  10:28 AM ET

Funny thing is the Pirates released him. That was the best thing for his career.

March 12, 2011  10:30 AM ET
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Umm... Did anyone notice yesterday that Papelbon got one batter out and gave up 3 earned runs, and then Wake came in and threw 2 scoreless innings to end the game? Just sayin...Let's hear it for the old fahts who can still get it up.

I say if he can still get outs, let him pitch to 50 years old.

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March 12, 2011  10:50 AM ET

What's the deal with all the Yankee/Red Sox love on this thread? I don't like that the natural order of things has been disturbed.

March 12, 2011  11:05 AM ET
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What's the deal with all the Yankee/Red Sox love on this thread? I don't like that the natural order of things has been disturbed.

I dunno... maybe the comments from the land of fruits and nuts have us all circling the wagon and protecting our sheep.

March 12, 2011  11:08 AM ET
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I dunno... maybe the comments from the land of fruits and nuts have us all circling the wagon and protecting our sheep.

How does one circle one wagon?

<has visions of Blazing Saddles scene>

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March 12, 2011  11:21 AM ET
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Wake should be with the club to start the season.....he's earned that right.

Problem is, there's no role for him on this team. Plus if you keep Wake, then your sending down someone whois better suited to help this team.

March 12, 2011  11:29 AM ET

The Red Sox don't put their once big-name players respectfully out to pasture...they cut them unceremoniously. In the 1 or 2 seasons after the 2002 series they cut Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Dave Richards, Jay Payton...all of these guys who were huge part of the Idiots just up and went away so the Sox could keep up with the Yankees. Hell, go back further...Wade Boggs - dumped, Roger Clemens - dumped...the list goes on.

March 12, 2011  11:31 AM ET
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The Red Sox don't put their once big-name players respectfully out to pasture...they cut them unceremoniously. In the 1 or 2 seasons after the 2002 series they cut Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Dave Richards, Jay Payton...all of these guys who were huge part of the Idiots just up and went away so the Sox could keep up with the Yankees. Hell, go back further...Wade Boggs - dumped, Roger Clemens - dumped...the list goes on.

How can you forget Nomah?

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March 12, 2011  11:35 AM ET
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How does one circle one wagon?

Easy - with deflective typing skills (and a lack of a post editor).

March 12, 2011  11:37 AM ET
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How can you forget Nomah?

Boggs left, Clemens left, Nomar turned down a 4 year $60M contract extension after the 2003 season. Thought he should have gotten a Jeter contract, and pouted the whole 2004 season till he was finally traded.

March 12, 2011  11:38 AM ET
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The Red Sox don't put their once big-name players respectfully out to pasture...they cut them unceremoniously. In the 1 or 2 seasons after the 2002 series they cut Bill Mueller, Kevin Millar, Trot Nixon, Dave Richards, Jay Payton...all of these guys who were huge part of the Idiots just up and went away so the Sox could keep up with the Yankees. Hell, go back further...Wade Boggs - dumped, Roger Clemens - dumped...the list goes on.

It's business, dude! I worked 11.5 years for a company and fully expected I retired there. Three mergers later I'm working for my 4th company in 10 years - and in a different city. But I have a job, and I'm not complaining.

Employees work at the pleasure of their shareholders. Ballplayers play at the pleasure of the owners and the fans who play to see them play.

 
March 12, 2011  11:39 AM ET
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you ain't kidding. made a pretty nice career for himself considering his fastball topped out at around 75mph.

I'm still trying to figure out how he's lasted the last decade...

... it's like watching batting practice with him sometimes.

Even at his best he's tough to watch.

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