February 18, 2012
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Tim Wakefield decided to retire after 19 seasons in Major League Baseball, the last 17 spent with the Red Sox.
Wakefield's final win, on Sept. 13, was the 200th of his career. His career record was 200-180.
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Wakefield arrived in Boston in 1995, when he posted a 16-8 record and helped lead the team to an AL East title.
Wakefield, second from right, bridged several generations of Red Sox players and was a teammate to Roger Clemens, left.
Wakefield was especially versatile, serving as a starter, reliever and closer during his tenure. In 1999, he saved 15 games.
Wakefield surrendered the game-ending home run to Aaron Boone in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS against the Yankees.
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Wakefield won two World Series with the Red Sox, and was part of the 2004 team that ended the 86-year title drought.
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Wakefield began his career with the Pirates, with whom he played from 1992-1993.
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Wakefield's 17 seasons in a Red Sox trailed only Carl Yastrzemski (23), Ted Williams (19) and Dwight Evans (19).