Former Red Sox hurler Wakefield dies at 57
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield died Sunday at the age of 57.
The Red Sox announced earlier this week that Wakefield was undergoing treatment for an unspecified disease.
"Tim's kindness and indomitable spirit were as legendary as his knuckleball," Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement.
"He not only captivated us on the field but was the rare athlete whose legacy extended beyond the record books to the countless lives he touched with his warmth and genuine spirit. He had a remarkable ability to uplift, inspire, and connect with others in a way that showed us the true definition of greatness. He embodied the very best of what it means to be a member of the Boston Red Sox and his loss is felt deeply by all of us."
Wakefield spent 17 seasons with the Red Sox, winning World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.
Several of Wakefield's teammates reacted to the news with tributes for the Red Sox legend.
Wakefield's former teammate and current NESN analyst Kevin Youkilis shared his memories, calling Wakefield a "great teammate and just a great friend."
Seattle Mariners right-hander George Kirby paid tribute to Wakefield by tossing one of his signature knuckleballs during his outing against the Texas Rangers.
The knuckleballer won 186 games in Boston and posted a 4.43 ERA in 590 appearances with the franchise. He also spent two seasons as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the beginning of his career.
Wakefield was an analyst for Red Sox games on NESN since 2012 and called a handful of contests in the broadcast booth this season after the retirement of longtime analyst Dennis Eckersley.