Friday, February 17, 2012

The All Time Tim Wakefield Red Sox Teammate Roster... Home Grown and Acquired

Tim Wakefield’s career is over, falling just 6 wins short of Roger Clemens and Cy Young’s all time Red Sox mark. His time with the Red Sox deserves a salute.

In many ways, Tim Wakefield has had one of the most unique careers in Red Sox history. No person other than Johnny Pesky has interacted with more legends of the franchise. And Wakefield has done it as an active player.

He was teammates with two members of the 1986 squad and has been a teammate of every post strike Red Sox player.

He has connections to Red Sox players that is Kevin Bacon esque. He even was a teammate of a 1978 Red Sox player! (Albeit when Eck returned to finish his career in Boston.)

I was going to make a 25 man roster of great Red Sox players who were Wakefield’s teammates over his 17 years in Boston.

But I realized that he played with so many quintessential Red Sox players that I could actually make up TWO all time Rosters. One consisting only of players who originated in the Red Sox organization and those that were acquired from other teams.

Yup, it’s another Home Grown vs. Acquired Roster.

I am calling a player who started in the Red Sox organization as “Home Grown.” So that means Curt Schilling is on the Home Grown Team even though they picked him up from Arizona later in his career. They are my rules.

As always the Rosters will consist of a starter at each position, 5 starters, 5 relievers, 2 reserve infielders, 2 reserve outfielders, a back up catcher and a 25th man who could be any position.

The All Home Grown Red Sox Tim Wakefield Teammate Team

Starting Catcher – Scott Hatteberg

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting First Baseman – Mo Vaughn

Teammates from 1995-1998

Starting Second Baseman – Dustin Pedroia

Teammates from 2006-2011

Starting Shortstop – Nomar Garciaparra

Teammates from 1996-2004

Starting Third Baseman – John Valentin

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting Left Fielder – Mike Greenwell

Teammates from 1995-1996

Starting Center Fielder – Jacoby Ellsbury

Teammates from 2007-2011

Starting Right Fielder – Trot Nixon

Teammates from 1996-2006

Starting Designated Hitter – Kevin Youkilis

Teammates from 2004-2011

Starting Rotation

Roger Clemens

Teammates from 1995-1996

Jon Lester

Teammates from 2006-2011

Curt Schilling

Teammates from 2004-2007

Clay Buchholz

Teammates from 2007-2011

Aaron Sele

Teammates from 1995-1997


Jonathan Papelbon

Teammates from 2005-2011

Manny Delcarmen

Teammates from 2005-2010

Daniel Bard

Teammates from 2009-2011

Casey Fossum

Teammates from 2001-2003

Justin Masterson

Teammates from 2008-2009

The Bench

Reserve Infielder – Tim Naehring

Teammates 1995-1997

Reserve Infielder – Shea Hillenbrand

Teammates 2001-2003

Reserve Outfielder – Josh Reddick

Teammates 2009-2011

Reserve Outfielder – Donnie Sadler

Teammates 1998-2000

Reserve Catcher – Kelly Shoppach

Teammates in 2005

25th Man - Jed Lowrie

Teammates 2008-2011

The All Acquired Red Sox Tim Wakefield Teammate Team

Starting Catcher – Doug Mirabelli

Teammates from 2001-2007

Starting First Baseman – Kevin Millar

Teammates from 2003-2005

Starting Second Baseman – Todd Walker

Teammates in 2003

Starting Shortstop – Orlando Cabrera

Teammates in 2004

Starting Third Baseman – Mike Lowell

Teammates from 2006-2010

Starting Left Fielder – Manny Ramirez

Teammates from 2001-2008

Starting Center Fielder – Johnny Damon

Teammates from 2002-2005

Starting Right Fielder – Troy O’Leary

Teammates from 1995-2001

Starting Designated Hitter – David Ortiz

Teammates from 2003-2011

Starting Rotation

Pedro Martinez

Teammates from 1998-2004

Josh Beckett

Teammates from 2006-2011

Bret Saberhagen

Teammates from 1997-2001

Derek Lowe

Teammates from 1997-2004

Erik Hanson

Teammates in 1995


Keith Foulke

Teammates from 2004-2006

Tom Gordon

Teammates from 1996-1999

Hideki Okajima

Teammates from 2007-2011

Mike Timlin

Teammates from 2003-2008

Dennis Eckersley

Teammates in 1998

The Bench

Reserve Infielder – Bill Mueller

Teammates from 2003-2005

Reserve Infielder – Mark Bellhorn

Teammates from 2004-2005

Reserve Outfielder – Dave Roberts

Teammates in 2004

Reserve Outfielder – J. D. Drew

Teammates from 2007-2011

Reserve Catcher – Jason Varitek

Teammates from 1997-2011

25th Man – Adrian Gonzalez

Teammates in 2011

That’s quite a collection.
And of course I skewed it towards players who played on winning Red Sox teams. I know Dave Roberts was only there for a few months, but would you rather see him or Carl Everett?

And I was hesitant to put Varitek on the roster at all! But notice he isn’t starting. That’s Mirabelli’s spot.

And yes I know Gonzalez is a better player than Kevin Millar, but these rosters are emotional and I’m putting the World Champion in the starting line up.

So Wakefield, who stretched through the Duquette and Theo years, over Kennedy, Williams, Kerrigan, Little and Francona and played for 9 different Red Sox playoff teams, will not continue onto the Bobby Valentine era.

But if the likes of Jose Iglesias or Ryan Lavarnway ever play for a World Series winner with the Red Sox, they can be connected to the 1986 team by 2 degrees.

It’s been fun Tim Wakefield.
You are a champion and you will be missed.

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  1. Anonymous10:11 PM

    Curt Schilling was acquired not home grown Sully!

  2. I am taking you missed the part of the post where I said

    "I am calling a player who started in the Red Sox organization as “Home Grown.” So that means Curt Schilling is on the Home Grown Team even though they picked him up from Arizona later in his career. They are my rules."

    Schilling started in the Red Sox organization... so he was home grown AND acquired and the home grown rotation was lacking.

    My rules

  3. Did Hatteberg ever catch a knuckle ball from Wakefield?

  4. I actually do not know much about Tim Wakefield, but from what I have heard he is a very good player and a leader, he will be fine in any other club