FORT MYERS, Fla. - You pitch until you’re 45 years old, for 19 years in the Major Leagues. Take a bow. You did good, Tim Wakefield.
The decision to retire from the game has to be painful. You can probably throw that knuckleball for a long time, but after a while Mother Nature takes a hold of you and trying to keep in shape and going through spring training and then a full season, takes it toll.