Wakefield Joins NESN's Studio Team


NESN has added a knuckleballer to its studio squad.
Longtime Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield is now a member of the regional sports network's on-air studio team, joining Tom Caron and Hall of Famer Jim Rice.
"Tim Wakefield has been an integral part of the fabric of the Red Sox and the New England community for the past 17 years," said Sean McGrail, NESN president and CEO, in announcing the hire. "We are extremely happy to add Tim to our all-star lineup of studio analysts and believe that he will bring a unique perspective to our coverage with his knowledge of the team and the rest of the league."
Wakefield retired at the end of last season after a 19-year MLB career, 17 years with the Sox. He ended his career with 200 wins,186 of them with Boston to rank third behind only Cy Young and Roger Clemens on the franchise's all-time career win list. He was the American League comeback player of the year in 1995, an All-Star in 2009, and a tw- time World Series champion. He was also a champion off the field as one of the most charitable players in the game: Nominated eight times for the Roberto Clemente Award, he was the recipient of the prestigious award in 2010.